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Koyannisqatsi (1982, USA), is a Surreal/Experimental Documentary Cult film directed by Godfrey Reggio.


Main Details

  • Released on April 27, 1983 (nationwide; debuted at film festivals in 1982)
  • Color
  • Running time:86 minutes
  • Production Co.: American Zoetrope| IRE Productions| Santa Fe Institute For Regional Education
  • Distribution Co.: Island Alive| New Cinema
  • Directed by Godfrey Reggio
  • Written by Ron Fricke, Godfrey Reggio and Michael Hoenig
  • Starring (via archive footage): Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel
  • Music by Philip Glass
  • Cinematography by Ron Fricke


  • A dialogue-free documentary with no conventional plot focusing on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.
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