Koyaanisqatsi- Life out of Balance.
Koyaanisqatsi is an experimental film and the first part of the Qatsi trilogy by Godfrey Reggio, which deals with man's intervention in Nature and generally critical of civilization with the human way of Life.
The film was released in 1982.
With his sequels Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002), Koyaanisqatsi forms the Qatsi trilogy.
Koyaanisqatsi is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film.
directed by Godfrey Reggio
Music by Philip Glass
Cinematography by Ron Fricke
home page of the trilogy
The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse photography of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States.
The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music.
In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means
'crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living',
and the film implies that modern humanity is living in such a way.
Koyaanisqatsi - Life out of Balance. The Grid
Koyaanisqatsi - Life out of Balance. The Ending
Some Hopi Native North American prophecies relating to the end times.
'If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster'.
'Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky'.
'A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans'.