ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch
True North | Special Presentations
This characteristically masterful collaboration between documentarians Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and legendary photographer Edward Burtynsky isn’t so much eye-opening as mind-blowing as it essays our unprecedented impact on the Earth to stunning effect.
A companion piece to Manufactured Landscapes (VIFF 06) and Watermark (VIFF 13), this enthralling piece of experiential cinema transports us around the globe to pay witness to the irreparable changes that humanity has wrought on our planet. While it’s one thing to be apprised of the alarming fact that humans move more sediment than all of the world’s rivers combined, it’s another proposition entirely to lay eyes on what that actually entails through the graces of Burtynsky’s trademark aerial tableaux. The staggering images captured here are at once surreal and sobering: landfill sites staffed by thousands… mountains of elephant tusks aflame… concrete seawalls lining China’s coastline… monolithic machines hell-bent on terraforming their surroundings… potash mines that evoke a bad drug trip…
Filmmaking of the highest order that unfolds on a dizzying, almost inconceivable scale, ANTHROPOCENE will forever change the way you see the world.
"Both shocking and beautiful, the film impresses itself on the viewer with the awesome scale of the imagery—and with the urgency behind it. We have entered an epoch in which human activity is shaping the planet more than any natural force. Anthropocene bears witness that something’s got to give."—Kate Taylor, Globe & Mail