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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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Taglines:

Life in Transformation

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

Hopi | English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (Denmark) 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

The opening images are of the Serra Pelada goldmines in Brazil. See more »

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Referenced in Rasa Yatra (2012) See more »

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Educational
15 November 2002 | by John HensleySee all my reviews

Koyannisqatsi wasn't a copy of anything, so why would anyone expect Powaqqatsi to be a copy of it? Fortunately, I saw this film on the big screen without seeing its predecessor, and I was delighted. The movie begins with a shot of an African diamond mine. You see a miner ascending a ladder in slow-motion, carrying a bag of mud on shoulders, accompanied by a heavy, pounding music. The effects and the music work together to highlight the miner's tiredness and strain. Other images follow, most of them from the "third world." In each case the focus is not a thing, but a quality.

Powaqqatsi revolutionized my concept of the world -- Go ahead and laugh! The film shows a vastness and variety and energy in the world that was beyond anything I could have imagined when I went into the theater. Everything is presented for what it is; there's no Western narrator to reassure you and tell you what everything means. There is perhaps no higher praise for a film than saying it changed the way I think, and Powaqqatsi deserves that praise.


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