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The third in a trilogy that includes MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (2006) and WATERMARK (2013), ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH documents humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet. Building upon a decade of research by international scientists known as the “Anthropocene Working Group,” the filmmakers traversed six continents and 20 countries, employing state of the art equipment and camera techniques to explore the argument that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene due to the impact of human planetary domination.

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 the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, this intersection of art and science bears witness to a critical moment in geological history.

“The [team's] latest film is the culmination of a major body of work and it's as visually stunning and intellectually invigorating as the previous two films.” —Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

“To say that there are no easy answers to planetary woes is to state the obvious. But the film seeks to reveal rather than lecture, in the hope that our eyes will convince our brains to act before it's too late.” —Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“We have entered an epoch in which human activity is shaping the planet more than any natural force. ANTHROPOCENE bears witness that something's got to give.” —Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

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