Skip to content
MUSEUM AND NWFC CLOSED: The Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are closed in an effort to further stem the spread of COVID-19. All public programs, screenings, and events are canceled until further notice. Stay connected to art, film, and more by signing up for our newsletter.

Directed by Ron Fricke

United States 2011 102 mins.

Samsara is a Tibetan/Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life.” For Ron Fricke (Chronos, Baraka) it is the point of departure for the search for the elusive current of interconnection and wonder that we share. Filmed on 70mm over a period of almost five years and in 25 countries, the film takes us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and interpretative text, Samsara invites formulation of personal response to the diverse, often spectacular images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern. “Magnificent. Noble. Uplifting.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Oscilloscope at Ten