Reggio was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to an old and distinguished Louisiana family descended from Francesco M. de Reggio, an Italian nobleman who first settled in France and then in French Louisiana around 1750. Reggio has been involved in many progressive political causes in the United States, including work for the American Civil Liberties Union, co-organizing a multi-media public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. Reggio resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is currently focusing on a narrative-based film exploring the negative impacts of consumerism and fundamentalism on the world.
Reggio is most known for his Qatsi trilogy, which includes the films Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi. All of the film titles are taken from the Hopi language; Koyaanisqatsi meaning "life out of balance," Powaqqatsi meaning "life in transformation," and Naqoyqatsi meaning "life as war."
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) aka: Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance
Powaqqatsi (1988) aka: Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation
Anima Mundi (1992) aka: The Soul of the World
Naqoyqatsi (2002) aka: Naqoyqatsi: Life as War
Masterclass - Godfrey Reggio (Orig.) / 2014 / Czech Republic, United States / 103 min
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight...