Ron Fricke, who shot, edited and developed the conception of the film, formerly worked as a cameraman for Geoffrey Reggio, whose films "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi" similarly set images to music to examine contemporary life.
The film was shot with specially developed 70mm cameras.
Filmed in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, New York, Poland, Thailand, and Turkey.
"Sanya" and Honshirabe" performed by Kohachiro Miyata.
"Mantra" from "Mantra/Stbat Mixer" by Somei Satoh.
"African Journey" from "Exotic Dance" performed and written by Anugama and Sebastiano.
"Rainbow Voice" from "On Hearing Solar Winds" by the Harmonic Choir/David Hykes
"Wandering Saint" from "Expressions of Impressions" written and performed by L. Subramaniam
"Host of Serafim" written and performed by Dead Can Dance.
"Drovela"/"Wipala" from "Land of Incas" by Gonzalo Vargas.
"Triste" by Ciro Hurtado, performed by Ciro Hurtado, Julio Ledezma, Cindy Harding and Libby Harding.
"An Daorach Sheag" performed by Brother, Hamish Richardson, Angus Richardon, and Fergus Richardson.
"The Offerings for General Protectors," "A Prayer of Kala Rupa," "A Traditional Comosition for Gya Ling, Dung Chen" from "Sacred Ceremonies" performed by the Monks of the Dip Tse Ling Monastery.
Film score by Michael Stearns. Music research by Grant Wakefield.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.