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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.

Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

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 evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

At the intersection of art and science, 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.




* Exclusively in Canada
* Exclusively in Canada
* Exclusively in Canada
* Exclusively in the U.S.

Now available on Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon, Vudu, Fandango and Kino Now in the U.S.!

★★★★  (out of 4) — The Globe and Mail

★★★★  (out of 4) — Toronto Star

★★★★  (out of 4) — National Post

★★★★  (out of 4) — The Globe and Mail

★★★★  (out of 4) — Toronto Star

★★★★  (out of 4) — National Post


  • Rogers Best Canadian Film
    Toronto Film Critics Association
  • Best Canadian Documentary
    Vancouver Film Critics Circle
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Capture Photography Festival (Virtual – Vancouver, BC)

April 9 - May 6, 2021

Streaming via VIFF Connect

More info HERE.

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ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is Third in the Award-Winning Trilogy that Includes:

A feature length documentary following artist Edward Burtynksy’s photographic essay of the industrial revolution in China. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, shot by Peter Mettler, and produced by Nicholas de Pencier, the film continues to screen all over the world and has won multiple international awards.





More about Manufactured Landscapes.


A feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Canadian Feature of 2013, the film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.

More about Watermark.

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Babilla Cine

Asociate Ceskych Filmovych
(Czech Republic)

Groupe Mediawan

MT Trading & 24 Bilder

Fondazione Culturale n. Stensen with Valmyn Distribution

Against Gravity

Nonstop Entertainment
(Scandinavia and Iceland)



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