Kai Climate Cinema: 'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch' (introduction by anthropologist Joonas Plaan)

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.

 

The screening with anthropologist Joonas Plaan’s introduction (in Estonian) takes place at Kai cinema on Thursday, October 29th at 7pm. The screening belongs to the public program of the exhibition Leviathan: the Paljassaare Chapter. Entrance with exhibition ticket (8€/5€). We recommend to come to Kai earlier, if you wish to visit the exhibition before the film.

 

The screening is organized in collaboration with Kumu Documentary.

 

Year: 2018

Country: Canada

Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier

Duration: 87 min

Language: In English, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian and German

Subtitles: English