Samsara

2011 | 102 min. | |
A film by Ron Fricke

Friday April 19, 2013


$10 General Admission, $7 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center

A film by Ron Fricke

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Samsara reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka and Chronos were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. 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.

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"Samsara" is gorgeous. And sometimes, depending on expectations, looks are enough."
--Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"The world "Samsara" gives us is strange and beautiful, and in places disturbing, but it also seems manageable, even in its vastness, and perhaps too easily consumed through beautiful images."
--A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Filmed over five years, in locations in 25 countries, it is the kind of experience you simply sink into."
--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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