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Koyaanisqatsi Life out of balance is a documentary directed by [Godfrey Reggio]? which consists mostly of slow-motion and time-lapse footage, starting with a cave painting, progressing to footage of various natural environmental phenomena such as waves and cloud formations, and ending with footage of man-made events including traffic formations, bombings, and desolate urban landscapes. The documentary has no dialogue other than the Hopi Indian word "koyaanisqatsi," chanted over a score by Philip Glass; interpretation is left to the viewer, although the meanings of the word (including "crazy life," "life in turmoil," "life disintegrating," "life out of balance," and "a way of life which calls for another way of living") seem to offer clues.

Followed by the sequels Powaqqatsi? and the short [Anima Mundi]?. Reggio? is also working on the third installment of his Qatsi series, Naqoyqatsi?, which as of October 2001 remained unfinished for lack of funds.

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