Naqoyqatsi: Life as War (2002)

Director: Godfrey Reggio
Producer: Joe Beirne, Godfrey Reggio, Lawrence Taub
Genre: Documentary / World Cinema / Trailer
Country: United States
Language: English / None

Naqoyqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life as war”. According to Reggio, the film has no screenplay per se, but three movements with different themes:

  • Language and place gives way to numerical code and virtual reality.
  • Circus maximums: Competition, winning, records, fame, “fair play” and the love of money are elevated to the prime values of life. Life becomes a game.
  • Rocket-ship twentieth century: A world that language can no longer describe. The resulting explosive tempo of technology is war, civilized violence.

About eighty percent of Naqoyqatsi uses archive footage and stock images manipulated and processed digitally on non-linear editing (non-sequential) workstations and inter-cut with specially-produced computer generated imagery to demonstrate society’s transition from a natural environment to a technology-based one. Reggio described the process as “virtual cinema”.

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One Response to “Naqoyqatsi: Life as War (2002)”

  1. […] film was scored by Philip Glass, who also worked with Reggio on Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. Anima Mundi features many of the techniques from the Qatsi trilogy, and was produced in between […]

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