A breathtaking non verbal visual and musical journey.
“Long is the night for the sleepless; long is the road for the weary, long is samsara for the foolish, who have not recognized the true teaching.” – Gautam Buddha.
You realize how true this quote by Buddha is while watching this amazing documentary. Undoubtedly this is one of the best cinematography ever filmed. It puts you under some spell you just can’t get your eyes off the screen for 140min. That’s the power of this bewitching visual treat,directed and photographed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson in 2011.
It starts with the three Balinese dancers performing their traditional dance, their hand gestures and facial expressions need no words to explain anything, it’s pure mesmerizing musical involvement. It’s out of this body experience, it takes control of your mind, your body is still glued at your seat but your soul has been transcended to this incredible world of Samsara.
The real meaning of samsara is “the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound.” It’s the core concept which marks its presence throughout the documentary. Beginning of the life has been showed through the baptism ritual being performed on the children. And to denote the death very artistic way has been used, the fancy coffins in the shape of airplanes and missiles in the Ghana have been filmed very effectively. You can also see the mummified body of baby Rosalia Lombardo, an Italian child died of pneumonia in 1920, and it would give you goose bumps to see how calmly she is sleeping in that coffin.
The scene in which Buddhist monks are drawing sand mandala has been pictured divinely in the Thikse monastery based in India at Leh ladakh region. A sand mandala means wheel of life, in Buddhism it’s a symbolic representation of samsara.
Words fall short to explain each and every scene in this splendid cinematography, it’s a journey which covers the remotest places, volcano erupted zones, tribal areas, big industries, holy temples, a spectacular thousand hands dance of Beijing, and time lapse scenes filmed at Mt Nemrut in turkey and at the desert. There are lots of other things to say but I would like to mention about the scene which was filmed in hurricane devastated area, a wreckage of library, all covered in a dust, and the book named “The Village that Allah Forgot” kept on a damaged bookshelf, it touches your heart somewhere really deep.
Everybody should watch this astoundingly illustrated film, to feel those enigmatic vibes. It’s a thought provoking documentary film; it forces you to take a time out of your busy schedule and to analyze your own journey in this samsara. It’s an introspection of your own quest in this wheel of life to enlighten you about why the Buddha had said ‘long is samsara for the foolish’, and what the true meaning of this life is.