Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is a years-in-the-making feature film. 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 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.

Action Opportunity…

Learn more about the impact that humans are having on the planet and ways to minimize your own.

Filmmakers: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky

Running Time: 87 mins

Language: English


Jennifer Baichwal is an award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer and producer.

Edward Burtynsky - Filmmaker

Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photographer and artist known for his large format photographs of industrial landscapes.

Nicholas de Pencier - Filmmaker

Nicholas de Pencier is a Canadian cinematographer and filmmaker. The spouse and professional partner of filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal in Mercury Films.  He is the cinematographer and producer on most of her films as well as codirector of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.

Nicholas de Pencier, Baichwal and Burtynsky also co-directed both Manufactured Landscapesand Watermark.