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The Summary for this unviewed film was derived from sources in AMPAS library files.
       An opening title card displays a dictionary definition of the word "Powaqqatsi," which reads: "(from the Hopi language, powaq sorcerer + qatsi life) n., an entity, a way of life, that consumes the life forces of other beings in order to further its own life."
       End credits include: “Thanks to Stu Silfen, Robert Hurwitz, Harold Orenstein, Rick Johnston, Juan O’Brien, Tico Da Costa, Tom Turino, Alcides Huanca, Susana Baca, Ricardo Pereira, Julio Benavente, Joao Jesus Paes Loureiro. The “International Credits” section of the film list the following acknowledgements: “Peru locations: Cuzco, Hunchao, Iquitos, Lima, Puno, Taquile Island, Trujillo”; and, “Peru special thanks: Aerocondor-Lima; Aeroperu; Aero Taxi-Iquitos; Carlos Amara; Peruvian Mission, Los Angeles; Nora De Izque; Francisco De Izque Fuch; Alberto Herrera Jefferson; Presidente De Coproci; Santiago Marcovich; Ovidio Ore; Jorge Lache Perea”; “Brasil locations: Belem, Brasilia, Carajas, Cubatao, Rio De Janeiro, Santos, Sao Paulo, Serra Pelada”; and, “Brasil special thanks: Paulo Dorival Barato; Joao Edem Barbosa; Fabio Barreto; Thiers Manzano Barsotti; Joao Batista Lanari Bo; Leonor Bates; Brasilian Consulate, New York; Basbrasil Travel; Sergio Bernardas; Leonilda Correa, press attaché; Embassy of Brasil, Washington, D.C.; Leon Cakoff; Henrique Goldman; Harold Carlman, III; Fink Company; Iara Lee; Mozart Kramer Litwinski; Beranice Martinez, Consulate of Brasil, L.A.; Pan American Airlines; Servulo Sequiera; Fernando Silva; Roberto Suazo; Varig Airlines; Carajas Project; The Men of Serra Pelada”; “Kenya locations: Lamu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Pate Island (Fasa and Kisingepini)”; “Egypt locations: Cairo, Luxor, Sinai, Ismailia”; and, “Egypt special thanks: Cairo Hilton; Egyptian Airforce; Mohammed Fayex, Eastmar Travel; Abdallah Fouad Hafez, Egyptian Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Atif Hindy, military observer for aerials; El Baron, ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was derived from sources in AMPAS library files.
       An opening title card displays a dictionary definition of the word "Powaqqatsi," which reads: "(from the Hopi language, powaq sorcerer + qatsi life) n., an entity, a way of life, that consumes the life forces of other beings in order to further its own life."
       End credits include: “Thanks to Stu Silfen, Robert Hurwitz, Harold Orenstein, Rick Johnston, Juan O’Brien, Tico Da Costa, Tom Turino, Alcides Huanca, Susana Baca, Ricardo Pereira, Julio Benavente, Joao Jesus Paes Loureiro. The “International Credits” section of the film list the following acknowledgements: “Peru locations: Cuzco, Hunchao, Iquitos, Lima, Puno, Taquile Island, Trujillo”; and, “Peru special thanks: Aerocondor-Lima; Aeroperu; Aero Taxi-Iquitos; Carlos Amara; Peruvian Mission, Los Angeles; Nora De Izque; Francisco De Izque Fuch; Alberto Herrera Jefferson; Presidente De Coproci; Santiago Marcovich; Ovidio Ore; Jorge Lache Perea”; “Brasil locations: Belem, Brasilia, Carajas, Cubatao, Rio De Janeiro, Santos, Sao Paulo, Serra Pelada”; and, “Brasil special thanks: Paulo Dorival Barato; Joao Edem Barbosa; Fabio Barreto; Thiers Manzano Barsotti; Joao Batista Lanari Bo; Leonor Bates; Brasilian Consulate, New York; Basbrasil Travel; Sergio Bernardas; Leonilda Correa, press attaché; Embassy of Brasil, Washington, D.C.; Leon Cakoff; Henrique Goldman; Harold Carlman, III; Fink Company; Iara Lee; Mozart Kramer Litwinski; Beranice Martinez, Consulate of Brasil, L.A.; Pan American Airlines; Servulo Sequiera; Fernando Silva; Roberto Suazo; Varig Airlines; Carajas Project; The Men of Serra Pelada”; “Kenya locations: Lamu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Pate Island (Fasa and Kisingepini)”; “Egypt locations: Cairo, Luxor, Sinai, Ismailia”; and, “Egypt special thanks: Cairo Hilton; Egyptian Airforce; Mohammed Fayex, Eastmar Travel; Abdallah Fouad Hafez, Egyptian Embassy, Washington, D.C.; Atif Hindy, military observer for aerials; El Baron, Mohammed Khalal Ibrahem”; “Israel location: Jerusalem”; and, “Israel special thanks: Lily Hahamy, L.A. Israeli Consulate; Keren Freight Services; William Lee, UNRWA; Dov Maez”; “Nepal locations: Bhaktapur, Dulekheil, Kathmandu, Patan”; and, “Nepal special thanks: Nepal Film Commission, P. P. Prasi; Natraj Tours; Col. Puspa K. C.; Royal Nepal Airlines; Paul Rutten, Summit Hotel; R. N. Sharma”; “Hong Kong locations: Kowloon, New Territories, Hong Kong Island”; and, “Hong Kong special thanks: Edwin Fong, Jetair Freight, Hong Kong Press Corps; Mr. Sharma, Royal Nepal Airlines; Nelson Siu; Mr. Thapa; Charles Wang; YMCA Harbourview; International House”; “India locations: Bombay, Calcutta, Jaipur, Jaiselmer, Madras, Pushkar, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Grand Trunk Road”; and, “India special thanks: Zalima Fernandes; Indian Consulate, San Francisco; Singapore Airlines Madras; Deepa Kakkar; Jeena Company; Surgit Singh, Indian Airlines”; “Federal Republic of Germany location: Berlin”; “France location: Chartres”; “Special Thanks – Bolivia: Alfonso Gumucio Dagron; Dr. Rene C. Irahola, Consulate General of Bolivia, L.A.; Herman Ludwig Ltd.; Carlos Becarra Meyer; Pedro Susz-Concine”; "Special Thanks – Nigeria: Olusegun Oyekunle; James Abiodun Ogunbiyi; Godwin Ottun; Kofo Ottun; Brenden Shehu, Nigerian Film Commission; Chief Yinka Simoyan”; and, “Special Thanks – London: Patricia Carr, Elstree Studios; Lucasfilm; Carol Regan; John Trafford, Renown Freight.”
       End credits conclude with the following: “Special Thanks: Dr. A. Karim Ahmed, Karen Arbeeny, John Bailey, Carroll Ballard, Carter and Thea Beckett, Renee Benjamin, Jodi Cahn, Belle Carpenter, Victoria Cross, Don Devereux, Abdalla El’ Dib, Jacques Ellul, Vigdis Eriksen, Frank Ettenberg, Paul Fentiman, Ira Friedlander, Funding Exchange/National Community Funds, Kilian Ganly, Nabil Gorky, Ronald and Amy Guttman, Sasha Hammad, Mickey Hart, Thomas B. Hartwell, Trevor Hawkins, M.D., Bill Hess, Susan Hess, Katherine Hoffman, Icom, Ivan Illich, Candy Jernigan, Douglas Kahn, Deanna Kamiel, Gabe Katz, Matt Kelly, M.D., Leopold Kohr, Dan Leibsohn, Leslie Lew, Harvey Licht, Sol Lomita, Michael Lowatawama, Donna Martin, Monique Montgomery, New York Community Trust, Abdel Rahman Osman, Tasha Ostrander, Barbara Pecarich, Joff Polon, Positive Transfer, Richard Kloss, Joan Price, Barbara Pyle, Reusch International, Mary Reggio, Rhetta Richards, Zachary Richards, Gordon Riesner, Howard Roffman, Donald Romig, M. D., Kathy Rosser, Steve Spera, Marcia Summers, Robert Sussman, Laurel Taub, Ted Turner, Victor Valdez, Woody and Steina Vasulka, Pastor Vega, Jim Velarde, Jed Wheeler.”
       Principal photography began 14 Jul 1986 under the working title North/South, according to an item in the 10 Dec 1986 Var. The 19 Apr 1988 HR stated that the film was shot in twelve countries on five continents. Production was completed in Dec 1986, on a budget of $4,200,000, according to production notes in AMPAS library files and Deborah Young's 4 May 1988 Var review.
       The film won the "Audience Award" for Best Picture at the 9th annual Imagfic Film Festrival in Madrid, Spain, in 1988.
       This was the second in Godfrey Reggio's "qatsi" trilogy. The first entry was Koyaanisqatsi (1983, see entry), and the third was Naqöyqatsi (2002). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
19 Apr 1988.
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Box Office
Jun 1988
Section R, p. 51.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1988
pp. 1-2.
Los Angeles Times
7 May 1988
Calendar, p. 8.
New York Times
29 Apr 1988
p. 20.
Variety
10 Dec 1986.
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Variety
16 Mar 1988
p. 15.
Variety
4 May 1988.
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Golan-Globus Production
A Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas presentation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit dir
Unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
International prod, Peru
International prod, Brasil
International prod, Kenya
International prod, Eqypt
International prod, Eqypt
International prod, Israel
International prod, Hong Kong
International prod, Nepal
International prod, India
International prod, India
International prod, Berlin
International prod, France
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Assoc cine
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
Aerial photog
Aerial photog
Steadicam op
Still photog
Key grip, Peru
Key grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Grip, Peru
Key grip, Brasil
Key grip, Brasil
Key grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Grip, Brasil
Key grip, Kenya
Key grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Grip, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Key grip, Israel
Key grip, Nepal
Key grip, Nepal
Grip, Nepal
Grip, Nepal
Grip, Nepal
Grip, Nepal
Grip, Nepal
Key grip, Hong Kong
Key grip, Hong Kong
Key grip, India
Key grip, India
Key grip, Federal Republic of Germany
Dolly grip, Federal Republic of Germany
Grip, Federal Republic of Germany
Key grip, France
Grip, France
Grip, France
Grip, France
Grip, France
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Post prod coord
Post prod coord
Post prod coord
Negative cutter
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus and soundtrack prod by
Mus cond by
Rec eng/Assoc mus prod
Tech adv and consultant for African mus
Tech adv and consultant for South American mus
Special music credits:
Kora, balafon, dousongoni, nyaner, karl nyan
Vocal solo
Bass voice
Percussion ensemble
Percussion ensemble
Percussion ensemble
Percussion ensemble
Hispanic Young People's Chorus/Coro Juvenil Hispan
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Children's chorus
Lyrics for children's chorus
Coord for children's chorus
Violin
Violin
Violin
Viola
Viola
Viola
Double bass
Flute/Piccolo
Flute/Piccolo
Flute/Piccolo
Quena ensemble
Quena ensemble
Quena ensemble
Clarinet
Clarinet
Clarinet
Saxophone
Saxophone
Saxophone
Bassoon
Bassoon
Didjerido
Trumpet
Trumpet
Trumpet
Trumpet
French horn
French horn
French horn
French horn
French horn
Trombone
Trombone
Trombone
Tuba
Keyboards
Keyboards
Keyboards
Keyboards
Keyboards
Tanpura
Mus rec and mixed at
Asst eng
Digital tape machines supplied by, Audioforce, NYC
Megamix supplied by
Cue supplied by
Q-Sheet supplied by
Soundtrack prod by, Euphorbia Productions, Ltd.
SOUND
Sd rec
Ambient sd eff and addl rec
Ambient sd eff and addl rec
Synthesizer programming and sd des
Re-rec mixer
Audio tech
Audio tech
Audio tech
Dolby consultant
Sync consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
Opticals by, EFX, New York
Titles by
PRODUCTION MISC
Dramaturgical consultant
Dramaturgical consultant
Dramaturgical consultant
Project coord
Research dir
Title linguistic research
Loc scouting
Loc scouting
Loc mgr
Loc coord
Tech dir
IRE coord
Post prod facility mgr
Scenario adv
Creative consultant
Creative consultant
Creative consultant
Creative consultant
Creative consultant
Creative consultant
Assoc tech dir
Powaqqatsi sculpture
Asst to the prods
Asst to the dir
Post prod facility des
Post prod facility des
Video research
Prod supv for Euphorbia Productions
Contracting and admin
Legal counsel
Consultant
Completion guarantor
Prod financing
Insurance provided by
Freight and customs broker
Travel arr by, Westwind Travel, Santa Fe, N. M.
Unit coord, Peru
Unit coord, Peru
Asst to local prod, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Driver & asst, Peru
Unit coord, Brasil
Unit coord, Brasil
Unit coord, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Driver & asst, Brasil
Unit coord, Kenya
Unit coord, Kenya
Freight and customs coord, Kenya
Government liaison officer, Kenya
Pate Island coord, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Driver & asst, Kenya
Boat capt, Kenya
Transportation and accommodation in Kenya arr by
Local coord, Egypt
Unit coord, Egypt
Unit coord, Egypt
Press center liaison, Egypt
Customs coord
Driver & asst, Egypt
Driver & asst, Egypt
Driver & asst, Egypt
Local coord, Israel
Unit coord, Israel
Prod coord, Israel
Prod coord, Israel
Customs coord, Israel
Unit coord, Nepal
Unit coord, Nepal
Government liaison officer
Driver & asst, Nepal
Driver & asst, Nepal
Local coord, Hong Kong
Unit coord, Hong Kong
Unit coord, Hong Kong
Prod asst, Hong Kong
Unit coord, India
Unit coord, India
Unit coord - Jaiseimer, India
Unit coord - Bombay, India
Unit coord - Calcutta, India
Prod liaison, India
Government liaison officer, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Driver & asst, India
Unit coord, Federal Republic of Germany
Driver, Federal Republic of Germany
Unit coord, France
Stock footage
COLOR PERSONNEL
Processing by
Timer
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
North/South
Powaqqatsi, Life in Transformation
Release Date:
29 April 1988
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 29 April 1988
Los Angeles opening: 6 May 1988
Production Date:
14 July--December 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Northsouth, Ltd., Institute for Regional Education
Copyright Date:
28 October 1988
Copyright Number:
PA388683
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
99
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In her 4 May 1988 Var review, Deborah Young called the film "an abstract, wordless documentary showing Third World inhabitants and their cultures in a rapid-fire montage of hypnotic visual image, rhythmically edited to the music of Philip Glass." Production notes in AMPAS library files describe the filmmakers' goal to convey "a record of diversity and transformation, of cultures dying and prospering, of industry for its own sake and the fruits of individual labor, presented as an integrated human ... +


In her 4 May 1988 Var review, Deborah Young called the film "an abstract, wordless documentary showing Third World inhabitants and their cultures in a rapid-fire montage of hypnotic visual image, rhythmically edited to the music of Philip Glass." Production notes in AMPAS library files describe the filmmakers' goal to convey "a record of diversity and transformation, of cultures dying and prospering, of industry for its own sake and the fruits of individual labor, presented as an integrated human symphony." +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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