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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Christie Brinkley ... (archive footage)
David Brinkley ... (archive footage)
Pope John Paul II ... (archive footage)
Dan Rather ... (archive footage)
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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Life in Transformation

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The shot of the truck driving past the Indian boy as he walks along the road is the only staged shot in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Rasa Yatra (2012) See more »

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I can't describe it, but I don't truly mean that in a positive sense.
9 October 2000 | by Koyaanis83See all my reviews

Koyaanisqatsi, which is Powaq's predecessor and successor, is my all-time favorite film. It has the beautiful cinematography of Ron Fricke and Godfrey Reggio with the wonderfully-timed score of Philip Glass merged into an emotion-evoking, powerfully mindblowing cinematic experience, after which the viewer feels weak. But watching this, I appreciated the wonderful cinematography and the--ahem--interesting music, but it evoked no emotions inside me, and I felt I hadn't learned anything from it except the things we see in those "You, too, can sponsor a child" television ads. It's quite an experience, and I don't wholly denounce it or condemn it, but I wouldn't expect another Koyaanisqatsi. I hope Naqoyqatsi has "packs the same emotional wallop" of the original.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,899, 1 May 1988

Gross USA:

$589,244

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$589,244
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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