Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

classified 12A

Cities, Future Cities, and Film


Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Alicia Vikander
87 mins, 2018, Canada
Primary language
English | Russian | Italian | German | Mandarin | Cantonese

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a feature documentary film, four years in the making, 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 ten 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 percent 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 film-makers have traversed the globe to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch witnesses in a critical moment in geological history - bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

Tickets for the screening & panel discussion have sold out, but it is possible to purchase tickets to the screening only on the 14 October. Tickets are also still available for the screening on 15 October. Please note the screening on 15 October does not include a panel.

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