Why, of course, Mr. Alien. I’d be happy to direct you to the one creative endeavour that I think best describes humans on this planet.
It’s a movie called Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance. The title is the first in a trilogy, but you really only need to see the first. To tell you the truth, watching the entire three parts in one marathon event would make you want to vaporize yourself.
It’s a tragedy, a horror film, a black comedy. The music is cool. Sure, there are some spectacular scenes of natural beauty, but the contrast to the madness wrought by we humans is almost too much to bear. I weep at the end. Every time.
You need to watch it.
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Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. The visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalized narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. Reggio explained the lack of dialogue by stating “it’s not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It’s because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live.”
In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life”. The film is the first in the Qatsi trilogy of films: it is followed by Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002). The trilogy depicts different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology. Koyaanisqatsi is the best known of the trilogy and is considered a cult film.
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