ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses, in an experiential and non-didactic sense, a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.
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.
About the directors:
Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for over 20 years. Her films have been shown all over the world and won multiple awards, including an Emmy, three Gemini Awards and a Genie. In recent years, de Pencier and Baichwal have expanded into video installation work, and have exhibited at art galleries across Canada. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2016.
Nicholas De Pencier is a documentary director, producer, and cinematographer. He has worked on many award-winning films, and is on the board of directors of the Hot Docs, DOC Toronto and West End Phoenix international film festivals.
Edward Burtynsky is one of the world’s most respected photographers. His photographs of industrial landscapes feature in the collections of over 60 museums around the world, including Tate Modern in London and New York’s MoMA and Guggenheim museums. Burtynsky has won a raft of awards and sits on the board of directors for Toronto’s CONTACT international photography festival.