Godfrey Reggio: Qatsi Trilogy

Chronicling the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment.

KOYAANISQATSI (Life out of Balance) (USA, 1983, 87 min.)

An apocalyptic vision of two different worlds – urban life and technology versus the environment – Koyaanisqatsi, the title of the first film of the “Qatsi Trilogy,” is the Hopi Indian word meaning “life out of balance.” A wordless experience of modern life in North America, the film shows both its natural beauty and our growing dependence on technology. Capturing stunning visual images of North America, from desert landscapes to rocket explosions, set to a score by Philip Glass, this ground-breaking film was the first full-length commercial nonverbal film. All of the images are of real life. The subjects vary greatly but they are presented to show the imbalance between nature and modern society – an urban culture moving at a frenetic pace, detached from the natural environment and overwhelmed by technology. Intended for individual interpretation, the images inspire a thousand thoughts. The use of slow motion and time-lapse techniques enhance the images in this classic film. Directed and produced by Godfrey Reggio. Filmed by Ron Fricke. Music by Philip Glass.

Discussion with filmmaker Godfrey Reggio.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

Tickets may be purchased online at www.afi.com/silver or at the AFI Silver Box Office. AFI members, seniors (65+), students (with valid I.D.), children and military, $8.50; Gen. Admission, $9.75.

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md.(METRO: Silver Spring)

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