A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it’s a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, "Anthropocene" proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The film has the blessing of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide–in this decade–how the Anthropocene will end.

A somewhat gloomy film without any suggestions for solutions, but which explains the term Anthropocene well.

Director(s): Steve Bradshaw
Actors: Erle Ellis, Jan Zalasiewicz, Andrew Revkin, Will Steffen, John McNeill, Eric Odada, Davor Vidas, Monica Berger Gonzalez
Year: 2015
Duration: 97 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Kenya, United States
Screening rights: Bullfrog Films ()

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Main topic(s): Planet Earth
Secondary topics: globalisation plastic
Mentions: anthropocene extinction earth geology connecting to the universe sacrifice zones humankind humans epoch era universe anthropology ancient culture human development plastic plastisphere
Topic Page(s): Planet Earth

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