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Powaqqatsi (1988)

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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Life in Transformation

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30 September 1988 (Denmark)  »

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Northsouth: Life on the Edge  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$589,244
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As this film is more international in flavor than its predecessor, "Koyaanisqatsi", the music by Philip Glass reflects this and draws its themes from other cultures. See more »

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Disappointed at first, but 10 years later...
12 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw Koyaanisqatsi several times in the late eighties and was truly mesmerized. After that Powaqqatsi was a true disappointment. I didn't understand it, to be honest.

Many years later I bought the DVDs and saw them both recently. I still like Koyaanisqatsi, even if it couldn't meet my great expectations. But now Powaqqatsi emerged as a true beauty!

I find the photography and music far superior to that of Koyaanisqatsi. Real people, instead of land- and cityscapes (even if wonderful). Some of the Powaqqatsi scenes are simply breathtaking. African women in clear red cloth against the desert sand, the introductory (horrible) scene from the Brazilian mine, etc, etc.

I strongly recommend all those that were utterly disappointed 10 years ago to see Powaqqatsi again!


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