Na-qoy-qatsi: (nah koy’ kahtsee)
N. From the Hopi Language.
1. A life of killing each other.
2. War as a way of life.
3. (Interpreted) Civilized violence.

Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio is no great fan of technology. In his early films Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out of Balance) and Powaqqatsi (Life in Transition), machines were at the center of what he saw as an increasingly self-destructive, dehumanizing world. With his new movie, Naqoyqatsi, Reggio takes his mission a step further.

Naqoyqatsi offers an apocalyptic vision: Humans have forsaken nature for binary code, robotics and acceleration. The Miramax film, which opens Oct. 18 in New York and Los Angeles, is perhaps the most forceful critique of technological culture since Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times.

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