Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky

Epic and aesthetic documentary about how humans have fundamentally and permanently changed the face of the earth by consistently exceeding nature’s limits. According to scientists, we are now in the Anthropocene period, in which climate and atmospheric changes are caused by human intervention.

Using magnificent footage, filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky explain that through our own doings we have moved from the Holocene to the Anthropocene period. Humans have irreparably damaged and modified the planet by polluting the earth, destroying nature for industrial activity and consistently depleting natural resources. Ecosystems have been affected, the atmosphere contains huge amounts of carbon dioxide and various species have disappeared. Paradoxically, these shocking facts are brought to our attention in a stunningly beautiful way: the film is both a warning and a tribute to the beauty of our planet. Ivory trade in Kenya, the marble mines in Italy, a huge concrete seawall and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the film takes us on a breathtaking journey to discover our devastating impact on the splendor of nature.


Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky
Country of production
90 minutes
Spoken language
Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), English, German, Italian
World Sales
Séville International