Frike and Magidson Capture the World Again With New Film: Samsara.09/14/2012
Director Ron Frike and producer Mark Magidson are at it again. They worked together on the film Chronos (a film about the celebration of life) and released it in 1985. They worked together on the sequel Baraka (meaning “blessing” in several different languages) and released it in 1992. Now, together they have recently released a film for the current decade titled Samsara, meaning “the ever turning wheel of life.”
What makes these works so sensational is how they differ from any other film or documentary. Ron Frike has captured what seems to be the very world in these films. It is remarkable what he has achieved. A common question that sparks the mind when watching is “just how did he get that image, just how did he get permission to do that!?” Frike seems to capture images that can only be seen behind closed doors and he gets these images time and time again, going across the world and capturing different details from each culture.
When asked just how he gets such versatile images from across the globe, Fricke answered; “we’re really relying on our local production companies wherever we go and there is a whole network of those around the world….it (has helped) to have Baraka because everyone knew Baraka around the world.” – (YouTube interview.) One way in which the new film Samsara will be enhanced over the previous films: there is more footage, this due to the success of the other films. Samsara runs about 99 minutes long.
But it is not just the years spent making these films or the crisp and vivid color of the final product that makes them so breathtaking. With each film holding a theme in regard to the human population, it is remarkable to see how people are so similar and yet extremely different. The camera shows us how time passes on different continents so organically because the film has no actors and no dialog.
One way in which Samsara will be different musically than Baraka: Ron and Mark chose to cut first and then add the music afterwards. They chose to do it this way to let “the imagery dictate how the film would go together.”— (Frike, Youtube interview)