About Samsara

Spanish director Lois Patiño, who cut his teeth in experimental cinema, uses techniques from that world to astonishing effect with Samsara, bringing audiences a truly transcendental experience.

The story unfolds in two parts, across two continents, two communities, two cultures, and two sets of inner lives. One half is set in Laos among the monks of a Bhuddist temple, where a young man called Amid tends to a dying woman. He travels across the Mekong River to read to her from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, preparing her for the journey to the other side. The other half unfurls in Tanzania where a young girl named Juwairiya wakes up to the news that a baby goat has been born. Between these two stories lies a sensory pathway made of light and sound; the viewer is only asked to close their eyes to join the experience. 

Like a conversation held on the border between one lifetime and the next, Samsara is a meditation on the journeys we take upon the wheel of life.

In Swahili/Lao with Subtitles

Dir: Lois Patiño
Cast:
Amid Keomany, Toumor Xiong, Simone Milavanh

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy

4 Stars

Part film, part guided meditation, it’s unlike anything else you can experience in the cinema

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