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Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 9th, 2015
7:00pm – Somsen Hall Auditorium
Winona State University

The event is free and open to the public. Find the Facebook event pages here and here.

Samsara will be shown on Tuesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Somsen Hall Auditorium at Winona State University.


samsara \səm-ˈsär-ə\ noun: the indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery, and death caused by karma (Merriam-Webster).

The title of Samsara refers to a Buddhist idea that humanity is stuck in a cyclical existence of ignorance. Using the Buddhist concept as a starting point, Samsara is a non-narrative documentary that visualizes the whole of civilization including both the triumphs and failures of humanity. Shot over five years in twenty-five countries and photographed entirely on 70mm film, Samsara takes the viewer into deserts, mountains, factories, warzones, temples, prisons, supermarkets, dance halls, villages, and cityscapes. Playing like a visual poem, the imagery in Samsara suggests links between our environment and our behavior, between production and consumption, and between humanity and automation. What the film's visual juxtapositions reveal about ourselves and the world we live in are not always comfortable to view and Samsara is at turns beautiful and ugly, illuminating and confounding, soothing and disturbing. In sum, it is a stunning piece of work that is awe inspiring in its beauty but challenging in its implications.

Samsara was named the best movie of 2012 by Sounds of Cinema.

Samsara will be shown twice: April 7th and 9th. You are invited and encouraged to attend both showings. Appreciation and understanding of this film benefits from multiple viewings.

The screening of Samsara is sponsored by the Winona State University English Department, Mass Communication Department, Department of Theater and Dance, Sociology Department, Department of Art and Design, Darrell W. Krueger Library, Winona State University Sustainable Futures Theme, and Sounds of Cinema.

Samsara runs 102 minutes and is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Below are links to essays, reviews, and videos about Samsara: