“Samsara” Screening with Halau KaUaTuahine Dance Presentation and Discussion

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Date(s) - September 29, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center


Visit the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) for a free screening of the documentary film SAMSARA. 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. 

Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.


Following the film screening, the evening will feature a brief presentation of hula kahiko by Hālau KaUaTuahine of the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in Berkeley, refreshments, and discussion.  


The event is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully appreciated.  The film is 1 hr 42 minutes long and rated PG-13.  For more on the film, visit http://barakasamsara.com.

OACC is wheelchair accessible and easily accessible by BART, AC Transit, and personal vehicle. Street parking is available in addition to parking directly beneath the venue in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Parking Garage at $2 flat rate 5p-midnight.

Download & share the 8.5″ x 11″ flier:  OACC Samsara Flier Sep 2017

For more information and updates, visit the Facebook Event or call 510-637-0455.

Halau KaUaTuahine.  Photo by Duncan O’Brien.

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

Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).