Powaqqatsi (1988)


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Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio's sequel to his memorable 1983 documentary Koyaanisqatsi (and the second part of his projected trilogy) is a powerful look at the destructive effects of greedy and shortsighted modernization in Third World countries. Score by Philip Glass.

Rating: G (adult situations)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Godfrey Reggio, Ken Richards
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On DVD: Sep 17, 2002
Cannon Film Distributors


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Critic Reviews for Powaqqatsi

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Reggio's work may be mesmerizing and technically engrossing, but it's also narrowly self-righteous. Instead of expanding our consciousness, he instead seeks to squeeze it into his point of view through a movie that tries to tell us what to think.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006

'shows the consequences of what we have done in the past and the danger of where we are heading'

February 28, 2004

Audience Reviews for Powaqqatsi

Disappointing sequel to Koyaanisqatsi. The focus has shifted away from the marvellous wonders of Planet Earth and onto life in developing nations. Although a worthy, interesting portrait it doesn't capture my imagination nor hold my attention anywhere near as well its predecessor. The music is rather irritating too!

Ross Collins

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This movie is more personable than its predecessor Koyaanisqatsi. The music is tribal and danceable at some parts. It had people in motion with nature; I won't say I understood what it all meant.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer


Getting into the second film in the Qatsi Trilogy, I was struck by the fact that I wasn't as enamored of the images being slowed down, which sort of focuses the viewer on the largely more depressing images used this time around, allowing them to linger even longer than you might want them to.

Watchable, but not as good as the first one.


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