Godfrey Reggio: Qatsi Trilogy

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

POWAQQATSI (Life in Transformation) (USA, 1988, 99 min.)

Focusing on the people of the developing world – from Brazil, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Nepal and Peru – Powaqqatsi, which means “life in transformation,” is the second film of the “Qatsi Trilogy.” Closely observing the everyday lives of these people in vivid color and slow motion, the film nearly puts the audience close enough to smell the food cooking, the fresh fish and nearby fires. Powaqqatsi celebrates the human-scale endeavors of craftsmanship, spiritual worship, labor and creativity that define a particular culture, capturing what is rare and beautiful about these people and their civilizations. Showing ordinary people at work and play, the film also reveals the impact of technological progress on native cultures – their complicated relationship with such new additions to their lives as cars and high-rises. Directed by Godfrey Reggio. Music by Philip Glass. Produced by Godfrey Reggio, Mel Lawrence and Lawrence Taub.

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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