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Film: Samsara

December 6, 2012 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 am


Samsara is an immersive sound-and-image experience in the vein of BARAKA, which Ron Fricke directed, and KOYAANISQATSI, which he photographed. The title comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “the ever-turning wheel of life,” and the film whirls us through a torrent of stunning images, beginning and ending with an intricate sand mandala fashioned by Tibetan monks. In between, we get garbage-pickers in Brazil, mist-shrouded temples in Burma, post-Katrina wreckage in New Orleans, swirling pilgrims in Mecca, transvestite dancers in Thailand, majestic waterfalls in Angola, and much, much more. Although its patterns are suggestive and free-associational, they are far from random, artfully building a thought-provoking mosaic of contrasts and correspondences that evoke the manifold possibilities of life on earth from the most troubling to the most transcendent.


December 6, 2012
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street
Chicago, IL United States

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