Koyaanisqatsi At 40

Source: The Quietus. I first saw Koyaanisqatsi in my 9th grade science class. Most of my classmates thought it was ridiculous and I was captivated. Brilliant and relevant even today.

For some, it was the first example of environmentalist cinema. Others would no doubt think it “a piece of shit”, as its director would have it. It was perhaps only thanks to an enthusiastic Francis Ford Coppola’s insistence on helping distribute the film that Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi — an 87-minute “visual poem” with no plot, characters or dialogue — did not quickly tumble into obscurity.