1) Watch the film KOYAANISQATSI – it is a full-length movie made by director Godfrey Reggio 1with music by the avant-garde composure Philip Glass.
The movie is unusual because it has no story, dialogue, or characters, but is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, intermingled with footage of humans’ impact on the planet.
2) Write a 10-paragraph Response Report to the movie, devoting a paragraph to each of the following questions:
1. What five words would you use to describe the movie KOYAANISQATSI to someone who hasn’t seen it? Why do you choose these words?
2. What do you believe is the overall message of the movie? How is the message expressed in the first and the last shots of the film? Explain.
3. Explain the movie’s pace (manipulated through time-lapse, slow-motion and fast-speed) and how the pace affects the film?
4. How did Philip Glass’ soundtrack inform the viewing of the film? For instance, did you find the soundtrack appropriate for the imagery? Explain.
5. Most of the human images are of people dressed for work (for example, white collar workers on escalators and blue-collar workers on assembly lines).
– How do these images make you feel about work?
– How do these images make you feel about the evident economic disparities between the affluent and assembly line workers?
– How do these images make you feel about the amount of material resources we consume by going about our “normal” activities?
6. Where do you feel that we as humans fit in relationship to nature and to technology? How is this expressed in the film?
7. Do you believe that KOYAANISQATSI portrayed humanity and technology in a more negative or positive light? Why? Do you agree or disagree with this negative or positive portrayal? In other words, did the film leave you feeling more hopeful about or despairing of humanity?
8. In which ways did you witness humanity mirroring the natural environment, and in which ways did humanity oppose it?
9. In what ways has the world changed since the film was released in 1982?
10. In what ways is the world the same as when the film was released?
Your Response Report must address each of the 10 questions including specifics to explain your answers. Reports should be typed and edited for grammar and spelling.
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