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Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky Starring: Alicia Vikander

Exposing the earth’s fractured state, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch offers a cinematic meditation on the way human activity has reshaped the earth. This stunning follow up to Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), witnesses a critical moment in geological history, and lays bare the gashes, wounds and irreparable marks of industrialisation and extraction, revealing how our mania for conquest has created a global epidemic.

Following nearly 10 years of research, the Anthropocene Working Group strongly argue that the Holocene Epoch has given way to the Anthropocene Epoch, assigning humans as the primary cause of significant lasting – and potentially irreversible – changes to the earth. From the harsh industrial landscapes in Siberia, to the towering white mountains of marble in Carrara, Italy, to the uneven plastic peaks of Dandora Landfill in Kenya, watch the aggressive extraction of the planet’s resources in astonishing scale and devastating beauty.

Our human presence is no silent entity. The dawn of Anthropocene is illustrated in our plastic imprints in the sediment; in the delicate creations of enlightened craftsmen, etched into marble surfaces and ivory tusks; in the unnatural depths tunneled through rock by masterminds of human design. Revealing obscure sites of human destruction, this timely documentary portrays the processes dominating and repurposing the earth for the material gains of humanity.

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