Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation


Review: This is an exploration of technologically developing nations and also the effect that transition to Western-style modernisation has had on them. It calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. It juxtaposes images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, portraying the human cost of progress.
Director: Godfrey Reggio
Actors: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Dan Rather and Cheryl Tiegs
Year: 1988
Genre: Art House, Documentary, Drama, International and Music
Conclusion: 3/5
This is the second instalment of the “Qatsi” trilogy, the first one, Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance. Powaqqatsi wasn’t as eagerly embraced by viewers and critics as its popular predecessor. The title of this film comes from the Hopi language word for “parasite”. There is only one staged shot and that is of a truck driving past the Indian boy as he walks along the road. This is one of the most magnificent visual and aural spectacles ever made. It contains both stunning cinematography and exquisite music by award winning composer Philip Glass. Powaqqatsi works on so many levels being emotional, spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic and breath taking. It is a film that engages the soul as well as the mind and is truly an absorbing experience. 


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