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THE QATSI TRILOGY

THE QATSI TRILOGY

  • Directed by Godfrey Reggio
  • Starring Various
  • 1982, 1988, 2002 | 270mins | USA | rated (PG)

HORRAY! Rights cleared for 'Naqoyqatsi', so the show will go ahead as planned!


The Qatsi trilogy is the informal name given to a series of three films produced by Godfrey Reggio and scored by Philip Glass:


Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982) : Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance," this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music, with many scenes either slowed down or sped up for dramatic effect.


Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation (1988) : Experimental filmmaker Godfrey Reggio explores the intersection of primitive cultures and the industrial world in this documentary, chronicling the everyday lives of people living and working in impoverished countries, where modern life is fraught with difficulty. The film spans the globe, from a massive gold mine in Brazil, to small villages in Africa, to a Nepalese temple, and is accompanied by a frantic score from minimalist composer Philip Glass.


Naqoyqatsi: Life as War (2002) : The long-awaited sequel to the groundbreaking films "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi." Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio once again takes us on an emotional journey that highlights the profundities embedded in our everyday lives. In this final installment of the Qatsi trilogy, Reggio chronicles with breathtaking imagery the most significant event of the last five thousand years: the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and virtual.