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Koyaanisqatsi ((which translates as Life Out of Balance), is a 1982 American experimental film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.

The film looks at the world and more specifically the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment. Without narration, the film shows the world in a pristine condition and untouched: blue skies, beautiful landscapes and endless vistas. The man-made world is much less appealing. Essentially a montage using a variety of film techniques to provide a visually stunning montage of images. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. This visual tone poem contains neither dialogue nor a vocalised narration: its tone is set by the juxtaposition of images and music. 

A sensation when first released in 1983, the film is the first part of a trilogy.