Baraka -1992 – Director and Cinematography – Ron Fricke,Michael Stearns by – Michael Stearns
Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on humanity.” It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera.
“The goal of the ﬁlm,” says producer Mark Magidson, “was to reach past language. nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.”
Baraka was one of the most acclaimed international releases of its time. A 2001 DVD release featuring a new transfer and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound became one of the most popular and acclaimed discs in the format‘s history. But as Fricke and Magidson began to explore the capabilities of new digital techology, they would soon seize the challenge to capture the film‘s 70mm theatrical impact in the ultimate high definition DVD, resulting in the widely acclaimed Blu-ray release of Baraka.