Baraka Screening with Live Danza Azteca & Discussion

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Date(s) - August 25, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center


“This is not entertainment, this is a closer look at life.” – Lisa Gerrard, vocal contributor to “Baraka” discussing the thought-provoking film.


Please join us this Friday 8/25 @ 6pm for an opportunity to view the film, experience a Danza Azteca (Mexica) presentation by In Xochitl in Cuicatl of Berkeley, and importantly – to discuss and reflect upon our interconnectedness as human beings, and as living beings. “Baraka” takes the viewer around the world to consider the awe-inspiring and destructive aspects of the natural world and humanity. Released in 1992, the film is still relevant today. After viewing a range of spiritual and cultural practices from around the world, as well as places such as Auschwitz, killing fields of Phnom Penh, people digging through trash heaps, ruins of ancient civilizations, natural forces and wonders (including an eclipse)–we hope to have a conversation about the role of arts and culture in civic engagement. What is the world that we want to see, and how do arts and culture help us get there?  Find out more on the FB event page.

Food & coffee available (Akat Cafe Kalli), with donations encouraged. Seating is limited. Doors open @ 5:40pm. You can arrive early and visit OACC’s current exhibits (free & open to public): “Creativity Unconfined: Handcrafted Objects from WWII Internment Camps” and abstract art by Fong Fai.

The event is free and open to the public, and donations are gratefully appreciated. The film is 97 minutes long and Not Rated. 

OACC is wheelchair accessible and easily accessible by BART, AC Transit, and several freeways. Street parking is available, as well directly beneath the venue in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Garage at $2 flat rate from 5p-midnight.  Enter the garage next to 988 Franklin St., or at Webster St. and 10th.

This project is supported by California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Visit

We are happy to have the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) join us as an event co-sponsor! 

Review of Baraka: “…nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary…The film allows us to see the actual interconnectedness of all things in the world… Fricke has said that “Baraka” was intended to be ‘a journey of rediscovery that plunges into nature, into history, into the human spirit and finally into the realm of the infinite.’ And miraculously, his bold intentions were realized. –By Hal Hinson, Washington Post Staff Writer, October 27, 1993

We’ll be screening the digitally restored Blu-ray edition of Baraka on the big screen in our auditorium. There will also be a 2-disc HD DVD version available in the *free raffle* (which includes “Baraka: A Closer Look,” and information about the restoration process). We will also be giving away a DVD of “Samsara”.

Shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, BARAKA is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and nature’s own prisms of symmetry, savagery, harmony and chaos.

BARAKA – produced by Mark Magidson and directed and photographed by Ron Fricke, award-winning cinematographer of KOYAANISQATSI and creators of the IMAX® sensation CHRONOS – has now been fully restored from its original camera negative via state-of-the-art 8K UltraDigital mastering to create the most visually stunning Blu-ray ever made.