Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance

  • Dir: Godfrey Reggio

  • USA, 1982, 86mins, DCP

Koyaanisqatsi (from the Hopi Indian language), referring to life out of balance, forms an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two worlds, that of technological urban life versus the environment. It all starts with familiar, highly circulatable and recyclable images streaming and braiding like the raw material of contemporary society: city, crowds, housing, industries, assembly line, streams of traffic, inaccessible territories… Featuring music by Philip Glass, Reggio sets up his own visual tone poem of cross-disciplinary ‘systems theory’ to make visible technology, our new nature, all inserted between the cave paintings of primitive society, and it resonates even louder in the age of Artificial Intelligence today.

Berlin International Film Festival: In Competition

19/5 (Sun): Seminar on Godfrey Reggio's The Qatsi Trilogy with Joyce Yang and Mimi Wong


    In-theatre Screening