Five years after Godfrey Reggio stunned audiences with Koyaanisqatsi,, he joined forces again with composer Philip Glass and other collaborators for a second chapter. Here, Reggio turns his sights on third world nations in the southern hemisphere. Forgoing the sped-up aesthetic of the first film, Powaqqatsi employs a meditative slow motion in order to reveal the everyday beauty of the traditional ways of life of native people in Africa, Asia, and South America, and to show how those cultures are being eroded as their environment is gradually taken over by industry. This is the most intensely spiritual segment of Reggio's philosophical and visually remarkable Qatsi Trilogy.
Impact of Progress, an interview program with Reggio and Glass on their collaboration
Inspiration and Ideas, an interview with Reggio about his greatest influences and teachers
Public television interview with Reggio from 1989 about the trilogy
Anima Mundi (1992), Reggio's twenty-eight-minute montage of images of over seventy animal species, scored by Glass