Powaqqatsi - Life in Transformation
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"Powaqqatsi" is a masterful piece of work addressing a cold and/or warm view of several third world countries. Godfrey Reggio gave us this visual exactly as we should see it. Maybe it wasn't as FUN to watch as "Koyaaniqatsi", but, I really don't think Reggio is trying to entertain us, as much as he is trying to inform us about our world without the use of words. Which, in itself, is an act of genius. To tell us what he is showing us, would present it all as "some guy's opinion" which could arouse doubt and argument. He gave us the world in a way that allows us to say what we see and can form our own opinion of what we see. This allows everyone to walk away from this film with a different perspective than somebody sitting right beside them watching it.
This film is definitely very colorful. There is beauty in the devastation. Plus there is unpleasant discourse in what seems to present a sense of order.Read more ›
POWA (Powaqqatsi) focuses on life for people mainly in the southern hemisphere. Please also view my review of KOYA (Koyaanisqatsi), which I will complete shortly after submitting this. I plan to soon purchase NAQO (Naqoyqatsi) and will review that as well (obviously I found the film concept entertaining).
KOYA focuses on the northern hemisphere's lifestyles of living with technology in all aspecfts of their lives while POWA shows life that is more driven by manual labor. Yet as the movie progresses, you see more and more hints of the introduction of technology, which will inevitably wind up permeating and consuming the current culture. Watch for the placement of a SEIKO billboard, which really stuck in my mind.
It can be difficult not to feel some sense of pain for the people's lifestyles, but please stay open- minded to an understanding that perhaps the lifestyle that DP's Graham Berry and Leonidas Zourdoumis documented is what the subjects being filmed are most comfortable with. Watching POWA first, however, may take the whole trilogy out of order and context for you. That's why I suggest that you purchase the two- DVD set. And I'm sure that plans have been in the works to release the trilogy as a boxed set.
Make certain also to watch director Godfrey Reggio's comments (highlighted with composer Philip Glass).Read more ›
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I bought Koyaanisqatsi first and although the aspect ratio is a bit of putting as other reviews have said but from someone who grew up with bad black and white TV reception I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Peter H.
Just amazing! The visuals, the score - this is such a thought-provoking film. The scenes of people from other areas of the world just going about life, the up close and personal... Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Ms. 90
I found this moving by accident at one time. It is one that you watch over and over and see something new each time.
A very different movie. Read more
Had to buy this! Koyaanisquatsi changed the perspective of many college students back in it's day. This is another mind expander. Excellent.Published on December 4, 2013 by happy camper
If you dig the Philip Glass thing, there's hours and hours of pleasure had from the Powaqqatsi dvd. This movie is great for studying, house-cleaning and just plain watching and... Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by JimR
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