Baraka is an incredible nonverbal film containing images of 24 countries from 6 continents. The film has no plot, contains no actors and has no script.
Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated as “a blessing, or as the breath, or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.” Breathtaking shots from around the world show the beauty and destruction of nature and humans.
It speaks in magnificent images, natural sounds, and music both composed and discovered. It regards our planet and the life upon it. It stands outside of historical time. To another race, it would communicate: This is what you would see if you came here.Roger Ebert
Baraka is still the visual delight it was twenty years ago, thanks to phenomenal photography, superb editing and a strapping score.Total Film
Critics and audiences have struggled to find the right words to describe the effect Baraka has on them for 16 years; but it seems appropriate to be speechless after seeing this wordless masterpiece of cinema.Urban Cinefile