Cinema Pick: Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

I finally got around to watching this masterpiece....but i've seen it somewhere before....

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Today we’re looking at my first Cinema Pick: Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio

It is part one of an experimental film trilogy.

The film is mesmerizing and powerful. Without any words it is able to express so much. The staunch, symbiotic relationship between human beings and industry…the passing of time…and the forgotten natural land. This movie has impacted me greatly. You can watch it below. Also a lot of the film’s footage is used in this really cool deep house music compilation.

Reggio stated that the Qatsi films are intended to simply create an experience and that "it is up [to] the viewer to take for himself/herself what it is that [the film] means." He also said that "these films have never been about the effect of technology, of industry on people. It's been that everyone: politics, education, things of the financial structure, the nation state structure, language, the culture, religion, all of that exists within the host of technology. So it's not the effect of, it's that everything exists within [technology]. It's not that we use technology, we live technology. Technology has become as ubiquitous as the air we breathe ..."