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Koyaanisqatsi

(2013/2014 Films)


Day Pass (available for purchase on Koyaanisqatsi page, click here) includes all three Qatsi films, plus Visitors

“A stunning tour de force... A powerful emotional experience.” The New York Times

More than 25 years in the making, the masterful Qatsi (“life” in Hopi) films forged a bold new form of concert cinema. Be transported as astonishingly beautiful and stunning images unfold before your eyes, accompanied by hypnotic soundscapes. These wordless, moving meditations contemplate the state of humankind in our rapidly transforming technological age.

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982, 87 min.)
The first film in The Qatsi Trilogy became a cult classic. Koyaanisqatsi conveys its message entirely nonverbally, through powerful images and sounds. Reggio’s film is a simple but searing vision of an urban society moving at a frenetic pace, detached from the natural environment and overwhelmed by technology, in images at once stark and beautiful, assaulting and compelling. Filmmakers, video artists, photographers and musicians around the world credit the film as a major influence in shaping a new and unforgettable language.


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