Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch 18 (CTBA)

Cities, Future Cities, and Film


Mon 14 - Tue 15 Oct

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.

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The Mon 14 Oct screening is followed by a panel discussion on what the Anthropocene means for us - especially for cities.