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Screening: Anthropocene

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Innis College Town Hall theatre

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet. 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 documentary has received multiple awards and honours, including Rogers Best Canadian Film (Toronto Film Critics Association), Best Canadian Documentary (Vancouver Film Critics Circle), the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary (DCG Awards) and the Best Film Award, Testimony on Nature (Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival).

All are welcome. These events are sponsored by the Canadian Studies program at University College. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Gilbert at:

JENNIFER BAICHWAL, award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer and producer, is the 2019-2020 Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor at University College. We will be screening her trilogy of documentaries this term: Manufactured Landscapes (2006), Watermark (2013) and Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018). Each of these addresses pressing environmental issues, all in collaboration with Nicholas de Pencier and artist Edward Burtynsky. Please join us, Jennifer will be in attendance, and available to answer questions from the audience.