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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

At the intersection of art and science, The Anthropocene Project is a multidisciplinary endeavour combining film, photography, virtual and augmented reality to investigate human influence on the state, dynamic, and future of the Earth.

“Our ambition is for the work to be revelatory, not accusatory, as we examine human influence on the Earth both on a planetary scale and in geological time. The shifting of consciousness is the beginning of change.”
- Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple- award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% 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 filmmakers have traversed the globe using high-end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

Mercury Films Inc.

Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, the founders of Mercury Films Inc., have been making award winning, critically acclaimed documentaries and films for two decades. Their subjects are eclectic, skewed to art and philosophy, and try to extend formal boundaries without being inaccessible.

Project Details

Release Date September 28, 2018
Content Component(s) Other, TV One-Off, Virtual Reality, Website
Episode(s) 1 x 87 mins : 3 x 7 mins
Genre(s) Documentary
Language(s) English
Target Audience(s) Adults, Youth
Health & Wellness Subject Area(s) Environment
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