"It is up for the viewer to take for himself/herself what Koyaanisqatsi means. For some people it's an environmental film, for some people it's an ode to technology, for some people it's a piece of shit, for other people it moves them deeply. It depends on who you ask" - Godfrey Reggio (director)
Koyaanisqatsi is one of the most important films ever made! A cult film, boring junk to some, an involving masterpiece to others! 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 (1982) is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology.
Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds - urban life and technology versus the environment. There is neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Minimalist composer Philip Glass was optioned to compose the score, and the result was, quite simply, astounding. A work of pure genious!
Everyone must see this film once! Download a good quality video, or watch it on the big screen. Otherwise, here is a (bad quality) video.
Official website of Qatsi trilogy