Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A food sequence from the film Samsara

This six minute video is from the film 'Samsara'. This clip covers the process of animal based food production and the resulting consumption of that food. The film Samara has no dialogue, it's composed purely of images and music.

Official description of the film: "SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.  Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

The Bagan Temples in Burma, from the film Samsara

Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience.  Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.

Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

The filmmakers approach non verbal filmmaking with an understanding that it must live up to the standard of great still photography, revealing the essence of a subject, not just its physical presence.  SAMSARA was photographed entirely in 70mm film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project.  This camera system allows perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes.  The images were then transferred through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K digital projection format that allows for mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity.  SAMSARA will be a showpiece for the new, high-resolution 4K digital projection, the HD format, as well as standard digital and film projection." - Samsara


Fantastic Fox said...

Baraka and Samsara were visually amazing and very captivating movies. Some of the scenes like that were disturbing, though I had seen footage like that before and that's why I decided to become a vegetarian a few years ago. Also because Dolores Cannon said that it would be best to let go of red meat since it lowers your vibration.

danilo verticelli said...

Baraka is one of the most important "visual" movies ever. I recommend you all to see it.

Laron said...

Thanks for the recommendation Danilo.

Laron said...

I think its time I committed to becoming vegan FF, after just about six years being a vegetarian. I haven't seen Baraka or Samsara, but I will check them out sometime!

Fantastic Fox said...

You should watch them, I don't think you will be disappointed! Good soundtracks too. Maybe one day I'll change into vegan too, but now it's just too difficult for me. I'm still fairly new to the vegetarian diet, since most of my life I've been eating mixed food, though I used to have a problem eating some meat for some reason, it just didn't feel right even as a child. Then again, one day all of us could be breatharians living on prana. ;)