Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Film Synopsis: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch
In their follow-up to Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark (TOAFF14), photographer Edward Burtynsky and his artistic collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de pencier offer a cinematic meditation on the way human activity has reshaped the Earth.
Whether or not one adheres to the concept of the Anthropocene, which seeks to recognise the “human signature” on the Earth’s geology and has raised vigorous and passionate international debate, the sheer scale of our massive reengineering of the surface of our planet is brought to light in astonishing perspective in this stunning documentary.
Spanning numerous countries, Anthropocene lays bare the gashes, wounds and irreparable marks of industrialisation and extraction, revealing how our mania for conquest defines our relationship to the Earth — and how we have created a global epidemic.
Accessibility: closed captions; BSL interpretation for the intro and discussion is available on request (please email [email protected])PLAY TRAILER
Beyond the Screen
The very concept of the Anthropocene as the new era we have hurtled the earth into is a hotly contested question,with significant political and ethical ramifications. Have we moved “beyond nature”? Join us after the film as we explore our responsibilities (towards the planet and towards each other) and our capacity for action.
Screening with Hybrids.