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W H A T :
  • Director: Ron Fricke, USA, 2011, run time 102 minutes.
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Social hour 60 minutes before each screening, with cash bar.
  • Discussion following film.

  • W H E N :
  • Two Screenings Only
  • Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm
  • Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm
  • Venue opens 6:00 pm; seating 6:30 pm; film 7:00 pm; discussion 8:45 pm.

  • W H E R E :
  • The Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011  
  • Easy Access, Free Parking:
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    Printable map and written directions
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  • T I C K E T S :
  • $10 advance tickets, $12* at the door.
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $10*, available only at the door.

  • * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.

    How to get Tickets:

  • Click here for online tickets
    Online sales for the Saturday screening will cut off at 2 pm October 13 or when sold out; online sales for both Sunday screenings will cut off at noon October 14, or when sold out.

    By phone:
  • Cincinnati World Cinema,
    859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
  • The Carnegie,
    859-491-2030, Tue-Fri 12-5p

  • In person at these area locations
    (click each location for a map):

  • Clifton-Ludlow Avenue,
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square,
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
    513 871 8626

  • Downtown Cincinnati,
    Coffee Emporium
    513 651 5483

  • Subject to availability, tickets will be sold at the door.

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    Samsara THE CONCEPT
         Given sufficient time and resources, a gifted photographer can create a series of stunning images and produce an impressive gallery exhibit or volume for your coffee table. Within the same rubric, a talented team of photo journalists and writers can create a documentary film or television series that amazes and informs.
         To appreciate Samsara, elevate the above efforts exponentially, commensurate with a team of visionary artists owning a history of exceptional productions, willing to devote several years of their lives to capturing moments, feelings, scenes and cultures largely unknown to most of us. Add a sense of purpose embodying spiritual, aesthetic and philosophical constructs, then leaven this foundation with a cinematic style intended to remove the distractions of characters and dialogue.
         The end product — Samsara — offers each and every viewer the opportunity of interpreting the work in any manner they desire. The process is not drastically different from viewing a great work of art. The relevance and importance of a given painting or sculpture or performance piece, etc., lies within the senses and intellect of the beholder. The viewer experience can range from basic entertainment to sublime enlightenment.

    Samsara THE FILM
         Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. 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 twenty-five countries, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara challenges our expectations of a traditional documentary, encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.
         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.
         In short, it is a film that can be viewed by anyone, speakers of any language, of any age, each of whom will take away something different from the experience. In showing us a vast array of peoples, places, and natural formations on our earth, Fricke and Magidson simultaneously convey the beauty and the destruction we've enacted on our surroundings.

    Sara Mahle Drabik
    Sara Drabik
    As producer-director for Norse Media and associate professor, Electronic Media & Broadcasting, Sara is currently teaching Media Literacy and leading special projects classes at Northern Kentucky University, where she received her M.A. in Communications, with Honors.
    Sara applies her experience in teaching, production and media activism to focus on documentary and community based projects that raise awareness of social issues and create positive social change.

    Jacob Drabik
    Jacob Drabik
    Since 1999 Jacob brought his design, photography and illustration skills to bear with FotoFocus Cincinnati, Lightborne Communications and Metaphor Studios.

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