WATCH: A Conversation With Godfrey Reggio And Philip Glass

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Time & Date

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30 pm

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive, moderated a discussion with Godfrey Reggio, the iconoclastic director of "Koyaanisqatsi" ("Life Out of Balance”) and "Powaqqatsi," and the films’ composer, Philip Glass.

About "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi"

"Koyaanisqatsi," Reggio's debut as a film director and producer, 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. The musical score was composed by Philip Glass.

"Powaqqatsi," Reggio's second film, conveys a humanist philosophy about the earth, the encroachment of technology on nature and ancient cultures, and the splendor that disappears as a result. The film focuses on the modern way of life and the concept of the Global Village, entwining the distinctive textures of ancient and Third World cultures. "Powaqqatsi," was co-written, co-produced and directed by Reggio and composed by Philip Glass between 1985 and 1987.

Presented in partnership with Global Arts Live.