(Part of the Doc10 Film Festival)
Followed by Q+A with Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier
Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier
97 min, Canada, 2018
As shocking as it is staggeringly beautiful, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” provides a visceral chronicle of humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet. From vast reaches of lithium ponds in the Chilean desert to colossal chunks excavated out of Russian mountains, this big-screen cinematic event impresses with the awesome scale of its imagery—and its harrowing implications. Following their previous nonfiction masterworks Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), award-winning filmmakers Baichwal and De Pencier, in collaboration with celebrated photographer Edward Burtynsky, go beyond your standard National Geographic environmental doc to create an experiential piece of eco-horror. “Packed with shattering images and astounding ironies” (The Globe and Mail), this “riveting [work] leaves the unmistakable sensation that mankind is busily choreographing its own destruction” (Toronto Star).