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REVOLVE SIGHT 3 at The Black Cloud: BARAKA

  • The Black Cloud 723 Haywood Rd Lower Level Asheville, NC usa (map)
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"BARAKA" (1993)

Join us at The Black Cloud for our third film night on Monday April 9th at 7:00pm.

FREE (Donations accepted) Pizza and popcorn provided!

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Baraka transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests; several hundred Balinese Hindu men perform kecak, the monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky.

(side note: This is one of MAP/REVOLVE Program Director Colby Caldwell's favorite films ;-)

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