Tuesday 21.5. / 8 pm / Dokukino KIC

Once Within a Time

USA, 2022, 52'
Director: Godfrey Reggio & Jon Kane · Screenplay: Godfrey Reggio · Photography: Trish Govoni · Editing: Jon Kane · Production: Mara Campione, Godfrey Reggio, Steven Soderbergh, Alexander Rodnyansky (Opticnerve) · Score: Sussan Deyhim, Philip Glass

Renowned director Godfrey Reggio returns after a decade with a new experimental film different from anything he had filmed before in his bold half-century-long career. It is a bardic tale about the end of one world and the beginning of a new one, an apocalyptic comedy distinguished by sumptuous photography, unforgettable vistas, and the infectious innocence and hope of new generations. Reggio’s longtime collaborator Philip Glass has once again composed an orchestral score for his latest wordless film, this time with the additional vocals of Iranian-American composer and performance artist Sussan Deyhim, and the film was co-directed by veteran editor and director Jon Kane. This fascinating visual symphony examines various aspects of the relationship between humans, nature, and technology, which has become as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. But what’s the point of worrying when the catastrophe has already happened? This is a film for children and all those who feel like children –  in short, for all those who are ready to hope, and be brave enough to create their own world amidst the ruins of the old one.

Awards and festivals:

Santa Fe International Film Festival (2023) – world premiere


Godfrey Reggio is an American director of experimental documentary films. He is known for his wordless filmography, especially the Koyaanisqatsi trilogy: Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance; Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation; and Naqoyqatsi: Life as War. In 2014, the Museum of Modern Art in New York paid tribute to his entire career with a retrospective titled “Life with Technology: The Cinema of Godfrey Reggio.” The majority of his cinematic records, manuscripts, works, photographs, and film reels from over forty years have been acquired by the Houghton Library and the Harvard Film Archive.