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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

2018, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky, Canada, 87 min.
Narration by Alicia Vikander

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 22nd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 22nd 8:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 23rd 7:45pm
  • Sun, Nov 24th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Nov 25th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 27th 8:15pm
First Chicago run!

“Astonishment. Pure, lurid, ravishing, genuine astonishment…intimate and colossal at once.”—Luke Hicks, Nonfics

"Both shocking and beautiful, the film impresses itself on the viewer with the awesome scale of the imagery—and with the urgency behind it."—Kate Taylor, Toronto Globe and Mail

The award-winning trio behind MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES and WATERMARK takes viewers on a journey as awe-inspiring as it is terrifying in its remarkable visual survey of the ways and means by which humankind continues to precipitously ravage the earth. The recently minted term Anthropocene refers to a new geologic phase, the present age’s successor to the 12,000-year Holocene epoch that followed the Ice Age. The dire significance is that the earth has reached a tipping point, and climate change, evolution, and extinction are now controlled and directed by human activity rather than by the forces of nature. Images of lithium pools in Chile’s Atacama Desert, phosphate mines in Florida, a landfill in Kenya, an Italian marble quarry, Russia’s most polluted city Norislk, and more, are seen as eerie monuments to a dying eco-system. The filmmakers find a grave, ironic beauty in every scar and intrusion on the world’s iconic landscapes, underlining the film’s implicit cry of danger. In English, Russian, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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