Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

  • Canada
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A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering 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.

Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), 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 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.

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  • Original title
    Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jennifer Baichwal
  • DOP
    Nicholas de Pencier
  • Music
    Rose Boltonová, Norah Lorwayová
  • Duration
    87 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
      • Asociace českých filmových klubů (AČFK)
      • Czech Republic
  • Awards
    • Rogers Best Canadian Film - Toronto Film Critics Association (2018)
    • Best Canadian Documentary - Vancouver Film Critics Circle (2018)
    • Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film - DC Environmental Film Festival (2019)
    • Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography – Nicholas de Pencier - Canadian Society of Cinematographers (2019)
    • Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary – Nicholas de Pencier - Canadian Screen Awards (2019)
    • Iren Audience Award - CinemAmbiente Festival (2019)
    • Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary - DGC Awards (2019)
    • Best Film Award, Testimony on Nature - Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (2019) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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