Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
wednesday, september 25 AT 7:30PM | regular admission prices
This event is part of Science on Screen, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
This event is also part of Journalism on Screen, presented by The New York Times, The Arizona Daily Star, The Daily Wildcat/UA TV-3, The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona School of Journalism, Arizona Inn and The Loft Cinema.
Thanks to our community partner, Center for Biological Diversity!
Don’t miss this special one-night-only nationwide screening event featuring the new documentary, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, coinciding with the U.N. Climate Action Summit. Featuring an introduction and post-film Q&A with New York Times science writer Jim Robbins, scientists from the University of Arizona Tree Ring Lab and moderator Susan Swanberg of the UA School of Journalism.
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 documentary from the award-winning team behind Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013) and narrated by Alicia Vikander. The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result 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 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. (Dir. by Jennifer Baichwal/Nicholas de Pencier/Edward Burtynsky, 2019, Canada, in English/Russian/German/Italian/Mandarin/Cantonese with English subtitles, 87 mins., Not Rated)
Jim Robbins has written for the New York Times for more than 35 years, primarily on science and environmental issues. He has also written five books. His first, about Yellowstone National Park and the West, was Last Refuge; Environmental Showdown in the American West. His most recent book is The Wonder of Birds: What they Tell Us About Ourselves, The World and A Better Future. He has lived in Helena, Montana for forty years.