Samsara–a spiritual love story locked in a film

..::..::..::..::..:: Note to other souls: I have clipped this under “Beauty and Personal Care” Winking smile … enjoy reading  Red heart  ::..::..::..:..:..:..

..::..::..::..:: Samsara:
..::..::..::..::..::..::..::..:: spirituality in motion pictures

::....::::..::..:: Samsara (2001) ::....::::..::..::

[ Paraphrased from webpage: Samsara_(2011_film) ]

Samsara 2001-enlightenment film

<< Samsara is a 2001 independent Indian/Italian/French/German film which tells the spiritual-love story of a Buddhist monk’s quest to find Enlightenment.

Set in the majestic landscape of the Himalayas of Tibet, Samsara sees one man seek spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman’s struggle with her enlightened love and life. But their destiny is a surprise.

Raised as a Buddhist monk since age five, he gets erotic phantasms as an adolescent and his spiritual master decides it’s time for him to taste profane life and sends him on a journey in the real Himalayan world. >>

Here is the promotional trailer for it… it has already received >89 million views on, but I suspect it’s probably about 8 million viewers  Winking smile  as each person probably viewed it about 10 times

(Maybe the “Sexy Statue” only got a million viewers because each viewer viewed about 10 times too!  Thinking smile  But, does that even matter?  A view is a view no matter who viewed it, right?). 

Even I pressed replay on “Samsara” about 5 times already.  Personally, the promo was too brief and so I kept missing it – a minute is nothing.  Really not bad though! … more news after the trailer… Surprised smile

:::::::: Do wait for the promotional trailer to load,
it’s just immediately below ::::::::

Samsara 20o1: movie about spiritual love & enlightenment; >89 m views

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[ Reference webpage: Wiki: film “Samsara” (2011) ]

<< Samsara is a large format non-narrative film currently in production.  The film is directed by cinematographer and filmmaker Ron Fricke, and it will pose as a sequel to the highly acclaimed 1992 film Baraka.

The word Saṃsāra is a Sanskrit word that means world or “cyclic existence”, but is used often to describe worldly activities, and in the words of director Fricke:

 “the film will delve deeper into my favourite theme:
humanity’s relationship to the eternal.”

As with Baraka, this new film will be shot in Todd-AO 5 perf 65 mm film using movie cameras Fricke and his crew designed and built themselves, and will use music to help propel the film forward.  

Samsara does not have a published release date, but is expected in 2011. According to, the producer Mark Magidson has stated that principal photography is finished and editing has begun.

Content summary

The director has proposed an outline for the two-hour film:

  1. Prologue: Creation.
    Moving from a view which encompasses an atom, the views will expand in scale, until a sand painting is shown. Using the painting as a kind of portal, the viewer will be introduced to four ancestor spirit guides.
  2. Act 1: Spirit taking form.
    This section will focus on an amorphous spirit, seeking expression. At the end of the segment, that spirit will come into form as a newborn baby.
  3. Act 2: Matter, one turn of the wheel.
    This section expands on the single birth of Act I, and explores the global cycle of birth to death, represented by the ancestor spirits of the prologue.
  4. Act 3: Samsara, the wheel of life.
    The focus of this section is the journey of the spirit after death, and the impermanence of the material world. Abandon, decay, and death will be the primary themes.
  5. Epilogue: Rebirth.
    The view will go back through the sand painting of the prologue, which will be reassembled, and the portal will be sealed. >>

..::…:::…:::…::: Official Samsara press release

[ From: ]

<< Samsara is a Tibetan word that means “the ever turning wheel of life, a concept both intimate and vast, obvious and oblique, the perfect subject for filmmakers Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke who have awed us with exquisite images of the mundane; filmmakers with an uncanny ability to reveal the elusive current of interconnection that runs through the Universe and our lives.

Both philosophically and technically, Samsara will build on the team’s earlier work. Expanding on the themes of interconnection and transcendence which they developed in Baraka (1992), Samsara will focus on the cycle of Birth, Death and Rebirth, from the perspectives of many cultures.

Neither a traditional documentary, nor a travelogue, Samsara will take the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world, as they are swept along on a journey of the soul.

Through powerful images, the film will illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. Samsara will be part of a 21st Century mythology, revealing parts of our imperilled planet never before photographed. It will combine original and indigenous music with dance as well as other contemporary art forms.

Fricke and Magidson firmly believe that nonverbal films must live up to the standard of great still photography, which reveals the essence of a subject, not just the physical presence, but the inner workings as well.

In order to accomplish this goal, they rely on the careful balance of three elements: cinematography, editing and music. To achieve this synthesis, the musical score for Samsara will be commensurate with the film techniques, bringing a vastly diverse musical component to the film.

Approximately 15 to 20 minutes of thematic score will be composed and woven into original music from accomplished International artists, the carefully coordinated score matching the imagery in sophistication and cultural integrity.

With a team that has collaborated for over 20 years, Samsara will be filmed in 20 to 25 countries. Director/Cinematographer Ron Fricke will photograph in 70mm film using both standard frame rates and a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project.

This camera system will allow him to shift perspectives to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes. The film elements will be then be scanned to a digital intermediate format. Effects produced in this manner will be stunning without appearing artificial. Samsara will be the ultimate showpiece for both the HD format and high-resolution digital projection, as well as standard film projection.

After the fantastic and time proven response to Baraka (Variety declared it a ‘Masterpiece” and the Hollywood Reporter a ‘riveting” experience), Magidson and Fricke are confident that world audiences are ready for films with a life-affirming message. They aim to take the universally understood, nonverbal genre to new heights; a global vision for a global audience. >>


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