THOSE looking for a visual spectacle should get themselves to Newbridge this Friday evening. The Riverbank Arts Centre will be showing ‘Samsara’, which won the critics award for Best Documentary at the Dublin International Film Festival 2012.
Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose previous films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.
Samsara expands on their effort to portray the connections between humanity and nature. Filmed over four years and in more than twenty countries, the film transports us through multiple cultures to sacred grounds, disaster sites, industrialized zones and natural wonders.
Samsara is a Tibetan word that means “the ever turning wheel of life,” and Fricke describes the film as a “guided meditation on the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.” Fricke and Magidson bring a revivified perspective with stunning compositions, matched with the latest in photographic technology encouraging our own interpretations inspired by images and musical compositions that infuse the ancient with the modern.
Baraka has no plot, no storyline, no actors, no dialogue nor any voice-over. Instead, the film uses themes to present new steps and evoke emotion through pure cinema. For filmgoers who cherished the revelations of Baraka almost twenty years ago, Samsara proves to be worth the wait. For more information on this or any of the events taking place in the Riverbank Arts Centre, contact 045 448330.