Mesmerizingly “Baraka”!

With no utterance of words, the silence and images capture the essence. The nonverbal narrative depicts the ‘agape’ nature in its fullness. Religiosity is tapped by the mind boggling pictures of places. It begins with the genesis of finding God through nature. With no narration, dialogue and tone at all, the documentary musically aligns the ears of the hearers. The documentary film narrative is a three-act clear perspective connection. Its breathtaking shot captures images from around the world. “Baraka” is lovingly the most admired release being a nonverbal film across countries. It is indeed a strategic attempt on capturing moments of humanity in slow release. “Baraka” means a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life from which evolutionary process unfolds. It needs no literate person to disseminate its meaning. The image says it all. The images dance to the rhythm of the music as it unfolds. A mammoth crowd of men, sit and stoop in concentric circles together perform various actions facing Buddha. In absolute completeness and perfection, they do it with determined grit. Their movements require mental rest, physical assertiveness and readiness. Young girls and women are hand bound by the act of wrapping cigarettes in a continuous act. The act of Computer Assemblers repeats the same action the whole day.

A still from the movie.

The bold aborigines display the on-the-move energy dances that send chills down the onlooker’s spine. The jewellery, bracelets and ornaments distinguish the Maasai tribe in Kenya. The scorching oil fields in Kuwait. Chick Hatchings moving on a conveyor belt and thrown into a funnel where it passes through a moisture zone. Its beak is pressed against metal as it innocently looks through its teary eyed frame. War of authority is exercised country after country.  I believe the documentary talks about spirituality through nature. The documentary has spanned across unknown dialects, uncommon territories, never-heard nationalities, innumerable languages, cross border regions and geographical boundaries. Multiple problems are shown in the documentary. Population explosion is one among the various problems shown. A mammoth crowd of people dipping themselves in the river Ganges feeling spiritually revived and restored. Young toddlers and adolescents climb mountain piles of garbage just to find “scum treasure” or one gold coin. Poverty pools that exist across countries. The highlight I felt throughout the documentary is that nature is supreme.

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