Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
|Anthropocene: The Human Epoch|
|Directed by||Jennifer Baichwal|
Nicholas de Pencier
|Narrated by||Alicia Vikander|
|Cinematography||Nicholas de Pencier|
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a 2018 Canadian documentary film made by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky. It explores the emerging concept of a geological epoch called the Anthropocene, defined by the impact of humanity on natural development.
"Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" is the third film in a series of collaborations between filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier with photographer Edward Burtynsky, following Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark. The film explores the emerging concept of a geological epoch called the Anthropocene, defined by the impact of humanity on natural development. The documentary film is the centerpiece of the larger Anthropocene Project created as a collaboration between the three filmmakers. The project spans many mediums, and includes museum shows that opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada in September 2018, the publication of two books, one centered on essays and the other on photographs, three augmented reality and virtual reality experiences, and three "Gigapixel Essays", hundreds of photos stitched together to form one massive photo. These other parts of the project are mostly representations of scenes from the film in more effective mediums, and all surround the same central theme of the film: Humans and our effect on the earth. Anthropocene: The Human Epoch premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
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In January 2019, it was announced as the winner of the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2018. The filmmakers gave the $100,000 prize money to the runners-up and to TIFF's Share Her Journey initiative, which supports women in film.
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Toronto International Film Festival
Canada's Top Ten
Rogers Best Canadian Film Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2018
Vancouver Film Critics Circle
7th Canadian Screen Awards
Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
As of October 2021[update], the film holds an 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch offers a sobering – and visually ravishing – look at the horrific ecological damage wrought by modern human civilization." On Metacritic, the film has an average rating of 77/100, based on six reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
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