Wednesday, November 23, 2005


It sounds like the name for some new Japanese anime super-hero, but it's really a compound word from the Hopi language meaning a way of life that feeds on the life force of others.


Powaqqatsi is the second in the -qatsi trilogy, unusual films with no dialogue, no characters and no plot. Instead, it's documentary style footage combined with the music of Philip Glass.

Sounds odd, but it's quite profound. Great care has been taken to craft something here. There's nothing random at all about it.

Director Godfrey Reggio, along with Glass, help us see new things, and also see things differently. Scenes of life from around the world pass by either sped up, or slowed down to a crawl.

Powaqqatsi allows - encourages - you to stare at people. The human race is so interesting!

And then there's the message. Eloquently, without words, this film makes us ask the same questions raised by The Corporation.

I'm looking forward to seeing the third in the trilogy, Naqoyqatsi.


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