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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Year: 2018
Country: CANADA
Language: English, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, German
Run Time: 87 minutes

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

For nearly 12,000 years, civilization as we know it has formed within the Holocene Epoch. This geological time scale can be read within the stones of the Earth. For the last ten years, a group of scientists has been investigating these epochs, and their evidence suggests we have left the Holocene and entered into a new age, the Anthropocene Epoch. This age is marked by unprecedented human activity…activity that has changed the Earth and its systems more than all natural processes combined. In her third and final installment in a documentary trilogy exploring humans’ relationship with the Earth, Jennifer Baichwal travels to nearly every continent to capture this unparalleled epoch and the consequences it carries. Stunning and sobering, ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH challenges its viewers to face the dark side of society’s industrial and economic progress. Though it may be tempting to look away from the overwhelming enormity of the environmental issues we have created, do yourself and the planet a favor and watch this film. After all, the step to creating change is the willingness to acknowledge the problem. (In English, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, German with subtitles) —G.S.

ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH is part of a multi-platform project that also includes the Perspectives VR experiences Anthropocene: Dandora and Anthropocene: Ivory Burn.

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Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky

Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for over 20 years. Her films have won multiple awards including an International Emmy, three Gemini Awards, and Best Cultural and Best Independent Canadian Documentary at HotDocs. Baichwal is a member of the Ryerson University School of Image Arts Advisory Council and a Director on the Board of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998), The Holier It Gets (1999), The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia (2002), Manufactured Landscapes (2006) – CIFF31, Act of God (2009), Payback (2012), Watermark (2013), ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH (2018)

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