Anthropocene: The Human Epoch


A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of Earth, Anthropocene finds Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier traversing the globe and using state-of-the-art camera techniques to document the evidence of humanity’s planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene 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.

"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

"A dizzying, dimensional tour of scale and time, forcing us to wonder how a sense of earth-centric balance can be restored." Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"Ït is important to remind people — again and again and again — that we can’t continue to treat the planet like this." Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

Best Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2019

This event is part of the 2021 Capture Photography Festival Events Program.

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Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky
Executive Producer Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, Daniel Iron, Nicholas Metivier
Producer Nicholas de Pencier
Screenwriter Jennifer Baichwal
Cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier
Music Norah Lorway, Rose Bolton
Canada 2018 87 min. In English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles 19+ Trailer | Review | Review
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