‘Koyaanisqatsi’ Cinematographer Returns With ‘Samsara’

Samsara is the first film by director and cinematographer Ron Fricke (ChronosBaraka) in nearly 20 years. Similar to his earlier work, it will be completely devoid of dialogue and text, relying solely on compelling visuals shot on 70mm film. During a five year stretch, Fricke shot at 100 locations in 25 countries for ‘Samsara’.

“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,” writes Fricke.

It opens in the U.S. on August 24th in limited release and then goes wide on September 7th. Check release dates here for when it comes to your city.

Update: As pointed out to me, it’s worth noting that Fricke didn’t direct Koyaanisqatsi as I mistakenly assumed and was too lazy to double check. He just shot it for director Godfrey Reggio.

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