About 20 years ago, I watched this film over and over again for days on end. “Koyaanisqatsi” is certainly one of the most mesmerizing documentaries ever made. Not much has changed since then. In fact, the “crazy way of living,” as is one translation of this Hopi word, has only increased. It seems difficult to believe that anyone in this day and age can actually sit through a full-length movie with no dialogue other than the chanting of “Koyaanisqatsi,” but millions have done so.

The scenes at the beginning of the film showing slow-changing geological features thousands to hundreds of millions of years old provide striking counterpoints to the frenzied, insect-like human activity further on. Overall, “Koyaanisqatsi” is an outstanding and highly recommended work of art by director Godfrey Reggio and producer Francis Ford Coppola, with the haunting music of Philip Glass.

Unfortunately, this particular, official Youtube edition of the film has commercials every 15 minutes or so. At least some are socially responsible ads, and one viewer suggests just to “disable Youtube ads in Firefox or Opera.”

In any event, the description of the film reads:

“The message of director Godfrey Reggio is clear: humans are destroying the planet, and all of human progress is pointlessly foolish.”

Highly worthwhile renting or purchasing the commercial-free edition and watching it on your environmentally incorrect big-screen TV.

Further Reading

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)/Documentary