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Naqoyqatsi - Godfrey Reggio

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Movie propaganda

Life as war.

Godfrey Reggio's continuation of the Qatsi trilogy. In this cinematic concert, mesmerising images are plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered with state-of-the-art digital techniques. The result is a chronicle of the shift from a world organised by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique, artistic experience that reflects the vision of a brave new globalised world.

Theatrical propaganda posters

Naqoyqatsi image

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film art imagery art-house

Persons of interest

  • Fidel Castro .... Himself
  • Bill Clinton .... Himself
  • Albert Einstein .... Himself
  • George Harrison .... Himself
  • Adolf Hitler .... Himself
  • Elton John .... Himself
  • Henry Kissinger .... Himself
  • Osama bin Laden .... Himself
  • John Lennon .... Himself
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus .... Herself
  • Paul McCartney .... Himself
  • Ringo Starr .... Himself
  • Philip Glass .... Composer
  • Godfrey Reggio .... Screenwriter
  • Godfrey Reggio .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Naqoyqatsi official movie site
  • Naqoyqatsi QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
  • FYI: Na-qoy-qatsi (nah koy' kahtsee) comes from the Hopi language of North America and means:
    1. A life of killing each other
    2. War as a way of life
    3. (Interpretation) Civilised violence
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1)
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Life is war (Behind-the-scenes)
    • Featurettes:
      • Music of "Naqoyqatsi"
      • New York University panel discussion
    • Trailers: Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqatsi
  • Subtitles: English captions, German

Security censorship classification


Surveillance time

89 minutes (1:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 19 June 2003 - Melbourne
Film: 4 September 2003 - Sydney
DVD retail: 1 September 2004
VHS retail: 1 September 2004

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