Drew Edelstein’s review published on Letterboxd:
ko.yaa.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi language) n.
1. crazy life 2. life in turmoil 3. life out of balance 4. life disintegrating 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.
like taking a hike up a mountain and witnessing the world before you, a river in the distance, the sway of the trees in the wind, your fellow humans dotting the land beneath your toes, the clouds tumbling in the sky, the chaos of the earth in perfect harmony
like driving on a highway overpass and seeing the infinite expanse of asphalt and concrete and metal and gas and light, all the souls in transit in the order we have constructed, streaks of life barreling towards unknown destinations, everyone with a purpose entirely their own
like hearing your first sound at the age of 20, the veil of silence and the senselessness you have been choked by lifted at last, freeing your mind in a single moment of startling clarity that would bring even the most stoic man to tears
like seeing the world through the eyes of another, the eyes of an alien, the eyes of a god, of a creator almighty, in all its splendor and insignificance and pain and joy, and knowing that each and every atom has a purpose and that we are all bound by this same gravitational pull on a level spiritual and physical, the transitory nature of being the most permanent connection of all
like holding hands with the one you love the most in the world in the darkest hour of your lives and knowing that you are still living, even at your worst, and that all the suffering and pain and confusion you may face is almost inconsequential in the grand scheme of the universe, that your pain is the pain of billions of others in this moment and every moment before and beyond you, and that somehow, it is still entirely your own by virtue of living at all
like a prescient afterimage, a fragment of our past and a ghost of our reality, a moment in time for every moment in time, the boundaries of the cosmos stretching out before our very eyes in ways we will never be able to process