Keswick Film Club - Samsara

Sunday 25th November 5:00 PM


Director: Ron Fricke Country: USA
Cert: 12A Year: 2011 Length: 102 mins Language: No Language

Programme Notes

Cinema Handout (PDF 205KB)

Audience Reaction

Score: 87.1% Attendance: 123





Prepare yourself for an experience like no other; our film today is not so much a documentary, more of a meditation. Filmed on glorious 70mm in 25 countries over 5 years, ‘Samsara’ is visual trip, in both senses of the word.

Ron Fricke came to fame as the cinematographer on ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, and went on to specialise in non-narrative films that explore our relationships with the world about us. Samsara is a Sanskrit word for ‘the ever turning wheel of life’, and Fricke attempts to ‘follow a loose arc from birth through dehumanization, destruction and death to spiritual transcendence’ - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter. Using only his camera to tell the story, he shows the beauty AND the ugliness in the world. Fricke is famous for his cinematography, so expect beautiful camerawork, carried along by a soundtrack from Michael Stearns. AND we see this at Rheged, so come along.. and let yourself sink into the experience.


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