Samsara: One Film, A Million Stories

Samsara is a beautifully shot, non-verbal documentary that took director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson over five years to shoot. It is visually and emotionally breathtaking. As the Web site says, “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.”

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What I personally love about the film is that it gives viewers the opportunity to make up their own narrative on the subjects they see, and lets viewers interpret what’s on the screen in their own individual ways. It makes viewers not only think about the subject matter, but it also allows them the opportunity to participate in the storytelling.

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I think it’s safe to say that when most people go see a great film, eat out at a great restaurant, or use a great product, they’ll want to talk about it. They like to share their experiences with their friends and family. Facebook status updates, tweets on Twitter, and photos on Instagram are all ways in which people do this. One thing that Samsara does well is make you think about what you just saw, make you want to discuss it with other people, and hear other viewpoints.  I think businesses could benefit from a similar  approach in training. What if you have a specific message that you are trying to convey, but there are numerous ways that it can appeal to people? What if people came together to discuss what they learned in a training series, and in doing so, saw other interpretations  that they might not have originally understood?

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There are films and TV shows and business presentations that feel like they come off an assembly line. They are stale, regurgitated, and uninteresting. Why not have your company stand out from the rest? Exploring visual storytelling, narrative participation, and discussion are all ways to make your training and your company  different and original. A healthy discussion is, well… healthy.

Watch the trailer (in HD preferably) below.