Reggio’s debut as a film director and producer, this is the first film of the QATSI trilogy. The title is a Hopi Indian word meaning “life out of balance.” Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds — urban life and technology versus the environment. A film without words, Koyaanisquatsi is a visually stunning stream of images, set to a haunting score by Philip Glass.

Author Godfrey Reggio
Publisher IRE Productions
Subject environment, industrialization
Released 1982
Length 86 mins