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Created between 1975 and 1982, KOYAANISQATSI (“life out of balance”) is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds — urban life and technology versus the environment – complete with musical score by Philip Glass.

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Year: 1982
Time: 86 min

(1982) on IMDb

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Watch the other two films in The Qatsi Trilogy: POWAQQUTSI and NAQOYQATSI. All three films were produced and directed by Godfrey Reggio, with accompanying soundtrack by Philip Glass.

Support the producers of The Qatsi Trilogy – the Institute for Regional Education (IRE) – a non-profit volunteer organization devoted to providing the public with information “they would otherwise not receive.”

Ask questions. Consider your impact. Find other like-minded people and take action together, large or small, in order to support a world that you think its worth living in.

Make one simple effort a day to remove yourself from society’s pace and reflect on the natural environment.

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Philip Glass on Writing Music for Film

“Music is a key component of filmmaking, but it’s hard to think of many films where image and sound are as inextricable as they are in Godfrey Reggio’s Qatsi trilogy: KOYAANISQATSI, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. Philip Glass’ scores hold together Reggio’s tumbles of abstract imagery and philosophical musings, providing a sense of unity and progression that makes them enthralling.”

Read the full article on The Dissolve.

Reggio’s Qatsi-trilogy

“It is probably a fair guess to say that relatively few people are even aware of the existence of these three films, all of which are sans dialogue, consisting of only a series of visual images…”

A heartfelt recommendation by philosopher and author Bert Oliver.

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Godfrey Reggio: My Che Guevara was Pope John XXIII

“The monk-turned-film-maker, best known for Koyaanisqatsi, talks about his newest work, Visitors, his Catholic calling at the age of 14–and the film that changed his life.”

Read the full article here.


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Minimalism in Our Culture

“To be sure, Glass’s music is widely influential and divisive at the same time. Hardcore classical musicians scoff at the formulaic nature of his minimalist music…”

Read more about Philip Glass’s influence on the minimalistic genre here.

Apocalypse Prophecies

An article exploring some native “end of the world teachings”.

Godrey Reggio on The Colbert Report

“Visitors,” experimental documentarian Godfrey Reggio’s first film in over a decade, is currently in theaters, and last night the filmmaker showed up on, of all wonderfully unexpected places, “The Colbert Report.” Reggio explains to Stephen Colbert that “Visitors” is “in the same tradition” as his “Qatsi” trilogy “in that it’s a speechless narrative… it’s like watching a painting.”

Watch the full interview here.

A World of Change

“And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin”

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Explore the list here.


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