Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) © Mercury Films
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) © Mercury Films
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) © Mercury Films

ACMI & Nowness present

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky & Nicholas de Pencier | Canada | 2018 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Alicia Vikander narrates a journey around the world visiting sites where humankind has had an horrific impact on the natural world.

The scariest horror movie of the year is an environmental documentary

John R. Platt (The Revelator)

As scientists debate whether Earth has tipped over into the Anthropocene, a geological Age defined by human activity's dominance over the environment, narrator Alicia Vikander takes us on a shocking journey traversing machine-sculptured landscapes, polluted cities and a human footprint that can be seen above ground and deep below.

Curator's Note

Marking the third part in a triptych of collaborations between director Jennifer Baichwal, photographer Edward Burtynsky and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier – all three sharing co-director credits – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch marks the trilogy's most startling and urgent call to action.

Filmed using drone technology, and presenting the earth's surface and its layers from perspectives rarely seen, the end result places viewers in an unnaturally omnipresent position, befitting a broader message of human's overstepping their humble roles.

The film premiered at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.

Format: DCP
Language: English, Russian, Italian, German, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles
Source: Mercury Films
Courtesy: Mercury Films
Runtime: 87 mins

Event duration

87 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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