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SFA's First Friday Film Series to feature 'Samsara'

September 22, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
There will be a free, one-night screening of "Samsara" at 7p.m. Friday, Oct.2, in The Cole Art Center @ the Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches presented by the SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Samsara" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over five years in 25 countries, "Samsara" is the non-verbal 2011 documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of "Baraka." It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past 40 years, according to information at barakasamsara.com.

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, the website said. "Samsara" transports audiences to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, "Samsara" subverts expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging the viewer's own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly First Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.