Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Official Selection of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival!

The proposed name for the current geological epoch in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change.

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is the new feature documentary from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky (Manufactured Landscapes, Watermark).

Poster for the photographic essay Anthropocene: The Human EpochFour years in the making, the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to Germany to photograph the biggest-ever terrestrial machines, 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, award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and the filmmakers have traversed the globe using state-of-the-art camera techniques to document human domination of the planet.

At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch bears witness to a critical moment in geological history – bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of the breadth of our species’ impact on the planet.


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