• United States
  • 1988
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  •  
  • Spine #641

Five years after Godfrey Reggio stunned audiences with Koyaanisqatsi, he again joined forces with composer Philip Glass and other collaborators for a second chapter. Here, Reggio turns his sights on third-world nations in the Southern Hemisphere. Forgoing the sped-up aesthetic of the first film, Powaqqatsi employs a meditative slow motion in order to reveal the beauty of the traditional ways of life in those parts of the planet, and to show how cultures there are being eroded as their environments are taken over by industry. This is the most intensely spiritual segment of Reggio’s philosophical and visually remarkable Qatsi Trilogy.

Cast

Credits

Presented byFrancis Ford Coppola and George Lucas
DirectorGodfrey Reggio
MusicPhilip Glass
Produced byMel Lawrence, Godfrey Reggio and Lawrence Taub
Executive producerMenahem Golan and Yoram Globus
Music produced byKurt Munkacsi
Music conducted byMichael Riesman
Directors of photographyGraham Berry and Leonidas Zourdoumis
Edited byIris Cahn and Alton Walpole
Written byGodfrey Reggio and Ken Richards
Associate producersMarcel Kahn and Tom Luddy

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Impact of Progress, an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on their collaboration
  • Inspiration and Ideas, a new interview with Reggio about his greatest influences and teachers
  • Public television interview with Reggio from 1989 about the trilogy
  • Anima Mundi (1992), Reggio’s twenty-eight-minute montage of footage
    of over seventy animal species, scored by Glass * Trailer

Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Geologic Scale and Human Scale

By Bill McKibben December 11, 2012

The climate change expert discusses how Godfrey Reggio’s films presaged widespread concern about global warming and warned about the dangers of consumerism. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony

By John Rockwell December 11, 2012

Philip Glass’s experimental operas and symphonic works of the 1960s and ’70s laid the groundwork for his hypnotic Qatsi scores. Read more »


Film Essays

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The Qatsi Trilogy: Celebration and Warning

By Scott MacDonald December 11, 2012

Cinema is both an educational tool and a vessel for kinetic, avant-garde expression for filmmaker and activist Godfrey Reggio. Read more »

Photo Galleries


On Five

10 Things I Learned: The Qatsi Trilogy

By Kate Elmore December 13, 2012


Film Essays

Nag_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Geologic Scale and Human Scale

By Bill McKibben December 11, 2012

The climate change expert discusses how Godfrey Reggio’s films presaged widespread concern about global warming and warned about the dangers of consumerism. Read more »


Film Essays

Poya_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Counterpoint and Harmony

By John Rockwell December 11, 2012

Philip Glass’s experimental operas and symphonic works of the 1960s and ’70s laid the groundwork for his hypnotic Qatsi scores. Read more »


Film Essays

Koya_essay_feature_thumbnail

The Qatsi Trilogy: Celebration and Warning

By Scott MacDonald December 11, 2012

Cinema is both an educational tool and a vessel for kinetic, avant-garde expression for filmmaker and activist Godfrey Reggio. Read more »


Photo Galleries