Godfrey Reggio

Powaqqatsi

Powaqqatsi

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Available In

Collector's Set

The Qatsi Trilogy

The Qatsi Trilogy

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Collector's Set

The Qatsi Trilogy

The Qatsi Trilogy

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special 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
Powaqqatsi
Credits
Presented by
Francis Ford Coppola
Presented by
George Lucas
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Music
Philip Glass
Produced by
Mel Lawrence
Produced by
Godfrey Reggio
Produced by
Lawrence Taub
Executive producer
Menahem Golan
Executive producer
Yoram Globus
Music produced by
Kurt Munkacsi
Music conducted by
Michael Riesman
Directors of photography
Graham Berry
Directors of photography
Leonidas Zourdoumis
Edited by
Iris Cahn
Edited by
Alton Walpole
Written by
Godfrey Reggio
Written by
Ken Richards
Associate producers
Marcel Kahn
Associate producers
Tom Luddy

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