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Anthropocene

Filmmakers travel to six continents and 20 countries to document the impact humans have made on the planet.

A cinematic meditation on humanity's massive re-engineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky. Narrated by Alicia Vikander.

Vast rectangular ponds of foul yellow water lie evaporating in the Chilean desert; they will produce the lithium that powers electric-car batteries. A gorgeous red-and-grey rock is imprinted with an eye-catching circular pattern: It’s the mark of Russian potash mining, extracting one of the fertilizers that is permanently altering the composition of the Earth’s soil.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is packed with such shattering images and astounding ironies. As documentarians Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier pursue their collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky in a third film (following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark), they strike a delicate yet purposeful balance between observation and advocacy.

Both shocking and beautiful, the film impresses itself on the viewer with the awesome scale of the imagery – and with the urgency behind it. We have entered an epoch in which human activity is shaping the planet more than any natural force. Anthropocene bears witness that something's got to give.

Rating: 4 out of 4

Courtesy: Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

CBC Podcast interview with the filmmakers:

 

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Directed by: 
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier, Edward Burtynsky
Running Time: 
90
Country(ies): 
Canada
Year: 
2018
Language: 
English, some others with English subtitles
Rated: 
PG

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