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This film is the follow-up to director Godfrey Reggio's dazzling Koyaanisqatsi - and is similarly made up of a series of impressionistic moving images, sometimes shocking, at other times beautiful, of the world around us, set to a hypnotic Philip Glass score. But while that film was subtitled "Life Out of Balance" and depicted the western world, Powaqqatsi (the word means, roughly,"parasite') is "Life in Transformation" - and concentrates on the industrialisation of the developing world, where many of the rituals and traditions shown here are disappearing fast.
Third in the documentary series presenting jaw-dropping scenes from around the world, this one on technology, machinery and virtual reality.
14+ years 86 mins
Documentary about photographer Edward Burtynsky, shot as he travels round China taking pictures of the country's industrialising transformation.
14+ years 83 mins
This visually spectacular German sci-fi classic (made, incredibly, in 1927) sees the rich live in skyscrapers and the poor toil underground.
11+ years 138 mins
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