Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas De Pencier
A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly ten years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
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 and metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the filmmakers traversed the globe using state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses a critical moment in geological history—bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact. 2019, Canada, DCP, in English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles, 87 minutes. Recommended for 12+.