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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.

Director:

Godfrey Reggio
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Cheryl Tiegs ... (archive footage)
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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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Taglines:

Life in Transformation

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Hopi | English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Northsouth: Life on the Edge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$589,244
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Godfrey Reggio was uncomfortable using the latest film-making technology considering that his theme was back-to-basics living. However, he countered this by realizing that technology is unavoidably ingrained into our way of life. See more »

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A fine bit of film making
18 July 2002 | by dmuelSee all my reviews

This is a superb second film of a once planned trilogy that began with Koyaanisqatsi. While the first had effects that might be likened to video-game razzle-dazzle, and was entertaining in its own right, Powaqqatsi is a celebration of humanity and does not repeat the earlier images. Perhaps some were disappointed by this, but this film stands finely on its own terms. A moving and delightfully photographed tour of the world. I have often wondered what became of the third leg of these efforts.


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