Baraka is an ancient Sufi word that can translate to different things in different lauguages, but basically means blessing or the essence of life. It is a Ron Fricke film made in 1992 and a Mark Magidson production. The movie was designed to be an "answer" to Godfrey Reggio's "Koyaanisqatsi." The movie took over 13 months to film and in 24 countries and 6 continents. It contains absolutely no dialogue, actors, or script. The musical score is critical to the film and was put together by Philip Glass.

The images in the film are diverse. There are scenes of cities, religious temples, animals, people, nature and landmarks. Each are placed in the film as juxtaposition as well as a parallel. Ron Fricke uses the speed of the film and Philip Glass's music to make comparisons and contrasts as well. For example he will uses scenes of animals in roaming freely in a jungle to a busy New York city street or the remains found in Auschwitz, Austria. The images show the beauty and the ugly of the world.

I believe Baraka is about how "modern" people used to find peace, and tranquility in nature and God. People used to live in harmony with the world and all of its creatures. But somehow over time things have been falling, like a hundred year old redwood being cut by a lumberjack in the forest. It has created confusion and a lack of a sense of unity with nature. People have turned into robots and some people feel the worst of it by living in poverty and with illness due to unsafe and unclean environments. Ron Fricke seems to say that with religion and respect to each other, ourselves, and the Earth we can make a full circle and again find that peace and tranquility.

The places that were filmed are:

Argentina: Iguacu Falls

Arizona: Phoenix: American Express Corporation. Tucson: Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center. Canyon de Chelley: White House. Peabody Coal Mine. Kit Peak National Observatory.

Australia: Bathurst Island: Tiwi Tribe. Kakadu National Park: Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Kunwarde Hwarde Valley, Cooinda, Yellow Water. Uluru National Park: Ayers Rock.

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro: Ipanema, Favela de Rocinhu. Carajas: Animal Rescue. Al Aukre: Kayapo Village. Porto Vehlo. Rio Preto. Samuel Dam & Lake. Sao Paolo.

California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Big Sur.

Cambodia: Angkor: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thorm, Angkor Bayon, Angkor Preach Kahn, Angkor Ta Proum, Angkor Tonle Omm Gate. Phnom Pen: Tuol Sleng Museum. Siem Reap: Sonsam Kosal Killing Fields.

China: Beijing: Tiananman Square, Great Hall of the People. Xi'an: Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses of Qin Shi Huang. Quilin: Li River.

Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park.

Ecuador: Galapagos Islands. Guayaquil: Barrio Mapasingue, Cuidad Blanca Cemeterio, General de Guayaquil.

Egypt: Cairo: Pyramids at Gizha, City of the Dead. Luxor: Ramasseum, Temple of Karmak, Temple of Luxor.

France: Chartres: Chartres Cathedral. Reims: Reims Cathedral.

Hawaii: Island of Hawaii: Kona, Vlocanoes National Park - Puuoo. Island of Maui: Haleakala National Park.

Hong Kong: Kowloon

India: Calcutta: City Landfill, Museum of India. Madras: Vardharajan Temple, Kailashnath Temple. Varanasi: Ghats, Ganges River.

Indonesia: Bali: Tampak Siring - Temple Gunung Kawi. Uluwatu. Kediri Tabanan. Tegal Allang. Mancan Padi. Java: Jakarta - Istiqlal Mosque. Jogiakarta - Prmbanan, Candi Perwara, Candi Nandi. Kediri - Gudang Garam Cigarette factory. Solo - Sekaten Festival at the Kasunanan Palace. Borobudur. Mt. Bromo Valley.

Iran: Isfahan: Emam Mosque. Persepolis. Shiraz: Shahcherach Mosque.

Isreal: Jerusalem: Western Wall. Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Italy: Vatican City: St. peter Basilica.

Japan: Kyoto: Ryoan - Ji Temple. Nagano Springs, Snow Monkeys, Yamanouchi - Machi Town Office. Nara: Hokke - Ji Temple, Sansho -Ji Temple. Tokyo: Green Plaza Capsule Hotel, JR Shinjuku Station, JVC Yokosuka factory, Meiji Shrine, Nitttaku, Tomoe Shizune & Hakutobo, Zoujou - Ji Temple.

Kenya: Masaai Mara, Mara Rianta Manyatta, Mara Kichwa Tembo Manyatta. Lake Magadi.

Kuwait: Ahmadi, Burgan Field. Jahra Road - Mitla' Ridge.

Nepal: Kathmandu: Bodnath, Pasupati, Swayambhu. Himalayas: Mount Everest, Mount Tramserku. Bhaktapur: Hanuman Ghat, Durbar Square.

New Mexico: Shiprock.

New York: New York City: World Trade Center, Grand Central Terminal, Empire State Building, Helmsley Building - 230 Park Avenue. Stormville: Greenhaven Correctional Facility.

Poland: Auschwitz. Bytom.

Saudi Arabia: Mecca.

Tanzania: Lake Natron.

Thailand: Bangkok: Patpong. Soi Cowboy. Wat Arun. Wat Suthat. Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya Province: NMB Factory.

Turkey: Istanbul: Galata Mevlevi Temple. Haia Sophia.

Utah: Arches National Park. Canyonlands National Park.