We have a saying in Maltese, ‘kull bidu għandu tmiem’, which means that ‘every beginning has an ending.’ Even though we might have heard this saying many times and even have used it ourselves, it might still instil within us a bittersweet feeling. The word Samsara, originating from Sanskrit, not only represents this meaning, but goes further to describe the cycles of birth, life and death as cycles repeating themselves.
In 2012, a movie by the name of Samsara was released around the world. It took five years to produce this film and the film crew had travelled to twenty-five countries to produce it.
There is no script to this film and no main characters. It’s made up of a sequence of shots and scenes going from one place to another with just music in the background. The minute you start watching the film, a certain feeling of apprehension sets in because you’re not sure what to expect and not sure how it will end. Yet, the moment it begins, you come face to face with a reality that surrounds us, but of which we are not usually fully aware.
The film Samsara represents the meaning of its namesake in a way that makes its viewers fully understand what Samsara is. The scenes progress from Asia to the Americas, to Europe, the Middle East and to Africa, showing how one person’s beginning, is another person’s ending.
Samsara gives you the impression that you are an integral part of the film and creates a window from where you can see parallel realities taking place side by side and how different cultures and societies affect each other.
Samsara is not just a film. It is a real life experience filming life as it is. From the moment it begins until the moment it ends, your mind will be both confused and in awe as to what beginning and ending really means. The film is a showcase of humanity, of life and endings and of this intriguing and absurd world we live in.