PG-13, 102 min.
Director: Ron Fricke
Writers: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson
“Samsara” is a documentary of beauty and sadness. In the same tradition of this documentary team’s film “Baraka”, “Samsara” is a documentary of images only. There are no interviews. There is no story to be told. There is no scandal to expose. However, the doc does seem to question our mass production of things in an indirect way.
The movie is a compilation of stunning images set to an ambient score of complimentary music. Filmed over a five-year period in over 25 countries, the movie seems to concentrate pretty heavily on the far east, showing both traditional costuming, modern poverty, stunning landscapes, and various arenas of mass production, including chicken factories, electronic factories, auto shipping, and a prison. Somehow the criminals and the poverty stricken areas fit right in with the other industries of mass production in this modern world.