SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. 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 25 countries, SAMSARA transports the viewer 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.
Michael Stearns is a highly accomplished composer, musician, and sound engineer who combines a diverse range of skills to create music with a deeply resonant and spacious quality very conducive to work with film. He has created music used for James Cameron’s The Abyss, Titanic and Avatar, Disney Films, HBO, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel, and the non-verbal films Chronos, Sacred Site and Baraka.
Lisa Gerrard has established herself as one of Australia’s most groundbreaking and in-demand artists. Over a career that takes in almost two decades with the group Dead Can Dance, as well as a number of award-winning movie soundtracks, including the Golden Globe Award-winning score for Gladiator, with Hans Zimmer, and a series of acclaimed solo and collaborative albums.
Dead Can Dance are currently recording a new album and will embark on an extensive world tour starring in August.
Marcello De Francisci is a composer who has provided award-winning music for various films, television shows, and video games since the late 90s. Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci have collaborated on six consecutive films and an album titled Departum.
1. Bali Girls • Michael Stearns, Bonnie Jo Hunt, Ron Sunsinger
2. Ladakh • Michael Stearns
3. Modern Life • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
4. Jerusalem • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
5. Villages and Freeways • Michael Stearns
6. Swimming and Skiing • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
7. Dubai • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
8. Food Chain • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
9. Dump/Igen • Lisa Gerrard, Marcello De Francisci, Michael Stearns
10. Manila • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
11. Sagazan • Michael Stearns
12. Pagan • Michael Stearns (Vocal by Vidia Wesenlund)
13. Geisha • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
14. War Machine • Lisa Gerrard and Marcello De Francisci
15. Organics • Michael Stearns (Vocals by Vidia Wesenlund)
16. Katrina • Michael Stearns (Vocal by Vidia Wesenlund)
17. Cebu • Michael Stearns
18. St. Peters • Michael Stearns (Vocals by Vidia Wesenlund)
19.Thousand Hands • Michael Stearns, Bonnie Jo Hunt, Ron Sunsinger
20. Organics Excerpt • Michael Stearns