Powaqqatsi

Last updated by Darren on 03 July 2009

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Powaqqatsi, Godfrey Reggio's sequel to Koyaanisqatsi , Released in 1988, 99 minutes.
Powaqqatsi is the second part of Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy.

Powaqqatsi concentrates on people of the developing world. Images from Brazil, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Nepal, and Peru make the film a good contrast to Koyaanisqatsi.  Powaqqatsi concentrates more on people and less on their creations or surroundings than in Koyaanisqatsi. 

The images are beautiful and show the people of the developing world in a great way.  The different colours found in South America, Asia and Africa are more vivid when shown in films such as Powaqqatsi.  The insight into the everyday lives of these people is excellent.  Powaqqatsi nearly puts you close enough to smell the cooking food, fresh fish and nearby fires. 

Powaqqatsi shows groups of people and their movements well, perhaps better than any of the other films such as Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi.  People and their crafts are well show in Powaqqatsi.  The daily lives of many religions are made clearer.  Powaqqatsi overlaps in places with Koyaanisqatsi.  The very long shot of the passing railway freight train is very reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi.  The images of crowded city streets remind me of Baraka. 

Buy Powaqqatsi if you like Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi.

"Where KOYAANISQATSI dealt with the imbalance between nature and modern society, POWAQQATSI is a celebration of the human-scale endeavor the craftsmanship, spiritual worship, labor and creativity that defines a particular culture. It's also a celebration of rareness - the delicate beauty in the eyes of an Indian child, the richness of a tapestry woven in Katmandu - and yet an observation of how these societies move to a universal drumbeat."

 

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Also Known As

  • Northsouth: Life on the Edge (USA working title)

Credits

  • Directed and Produced by Godfrey Reggio.
  • Produced by Mel Lawrence & Lawrence Taub.
  • Edited by Iris Cahn & Alton Walpole.
  • Music by Philip Glass.


There's a couple of missing scenes between powaqqatsi2155 (with the Duckback sign, about 195 scenes from the start in the list above) and powaqqatsi2166 (the armored truck).

It's a shame, because I can identify precisely where one of the two is. (And 25 years later, it is still easily recognizable.)

The second of the two missing scenes was filmed in Hong Kong, traveling west along Public Square street at the intersection of Temple Street, with the Yau Ma Tei Community Centre Rest Garden directly behind the camera.

It's filmed from about the height of the upper deck on a double-decker bus, and beyond the Temple Street Night Market taking place in the background, one thing stands out that definitively confirms the location. Right before the scene closes, at the left of the screen you can see a tiled wall and the corner of a barred window, beneath a distinctive metal facade with a long, narrow grille at its top center.

The corner of that building is what tipped me off to the precise location, because I actually recognized it from memory. It's the corner of the famous Mido Cafe, a cha chaan teng-style restaurant that's been in numerous movies, and is famous for the fact that its interior hasn't changed since the 1960s.

(You can see many photos of Mido Cafe on Google, TripAdvisor, OpenRice, and others which will easily confirm this.)

Hopefully that scene can be added; let me know if you'd like me to make a screenshot of it!

Thank you for the great pictures

I think this has some amazing and haunting imagery. some of the images are beautiful and some are errie. some really great camerawork and editing is displayed in this film. i think it's a great purely cinematic nonstory film!

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