Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

At the intersection of art and science, "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

This film is part of the Anthropocene Project, which focuses on the study of human impact on Earth and is definitely a contemporary document.

Director(s): Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier
Script: Jennifer Baichwal
Production: Daniel Iron, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier, Nicholas Metivier, Nadia Tavazzani
Music: Rose Bolton, Norah Lorway
Actors: Alicia Vikander
Year: 2018
Duration: 87 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): German, Chinese, Italian, Russian
Country of origin: Canada
Shooting Locations: Switzerland, Germany, China, Kenya, Italy, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, United States, Nigeria, Bolivia
Screening rights: Seville International () | Mongrel Media (Canada) | Kino Lorber (United States) | Mediawan (France) | Non Stop Entertainment (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland) | Against Gravity (Poland)

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Main topic(s): Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: fossil fuel industrial agriculture plastic acidification forest wildlife
Mentions: lithium batteries electric cars coal marble Carrara Nordilisk deforestation clearing terraforming Lagos technofossils anthropocene technosphere Gotthard tunnel phosphorus nitrogen Florida Houston Texas CO2 Gudong Seawall Venice Komodo coral reefs Great Barrier Reef London species extinction ivory
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining

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