The word “Anthropocene” describes the geological age we are currently living in, marking the significant human impacts on the Earth that will be evident in the geological record in perpetuity. Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, from the award-winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, and Edward Burtynsky, follows the decade of research conducted by the Anthropocene Working Group, an international body of scientists dedicated to consolidating evidence that the Holocene Epoch has given way to a distinct new epoch. With stunning visuals from around the globe, the film travels to the most polluted city in Russia, a giant excavator cutting through the earth in Germany, the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the burning of poacher’s ivory tusks in Kenya, and the concrete seawalls in China, among many other displays of humanity’s profound impact on the planet. Anthropocene allows us to experience this critical moment in Earth’s history and asks us to meditate on what humanity’s legacy may really be. (Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, 2018, Canada, 87 minutes)
This film is sponsored by Black Stanley Studios.