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On Thursday, November 21st, 2019, at 7pm at the Emerson Center, The Bozeman Doc Series presented the critically acclaimed new documentary, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.
A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene 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 evidence shows the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, as a result 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 massive marble quarries in Carrara, 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.
At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene witnesses a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.
Anthropocene has screened at major festivals around the world, including Toronto, Sundance and Berlin, garnering widespread critical acclaim.
“Both shocking and beautiful, the film impresses itself on the viewer with the awesome scale of the imagery – and with the urgency behind it. 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.” The Globe and Mail
“A dizzying, dimensional tour of scale and time, forcing us to wonder how a sense of earth-centric balance can be restored.” Los Angeles Times
“Astonishment. Pure, lurid, ravishing, genuine astonishment. That is Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.” Nonfics
“Riveting…there’s a fierce beauty to the work of Baichwal, Burtynsky and de Pencier. 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.” The Daily Star
“Gorgeously shot…benefits from being seen on as large a screen as possible…” The Hollywood Reporter
Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers. Tickets are also available online at www.bozemandocseries.org, where you can also buy Season Passes and 7-film punch cards, and view trailers for upcoming films. The Bozeman Doc Series is a bi-weekly documentary screening series curated by award-winning filmmaker Jason Burlage. The series brings brand new films from around the world to the Emerson’s Crawford Theater between October and April.