Anthropocene: The Human Epoch


Roxie Theater Wed, Sep 25, 2019 6:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Ed Burtynsky
Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Year of Production:2018
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Big Business
Powers of Ten
Science & Technology
Sustainable Cities
Wildlife Protection
Running Time:87 min.


Special nationwide screening event in alignment with the United Nations Climate Action Summit.


Scientists argue that we have now entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene, a geological period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.


From the directors of Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark, this film is a striking cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet. Provocative and unforgettable cinematography captures the immensity of human planetary influence. It becomes poignantly clear that the Anthropocene is a full-scale, catastrophic change affecting every thing on the planet, from plants and animals to ecosystems and entire landscapes. We may not be able to reverse it completely, but to save our planet we must try.


“Astonishment. Pure, lurid, ravishing, genuine astonishment.” ~ Luke Hicks, Nonfics


“To say that there are no easy answers to planetary woes is to state the obvious. But the film seeks to reveal rather than lecture, in the hope that our eyes will convince our brains to act before it's too late.” ~ Peter Howell, the Toronto Star


“Its cinematography and passion for our planet make a strong case for your attention.” ~ Nick Allen,


  • Toronto International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Sundance Film Festival – Official Selection
  • Berlin International Film Festival – Official Selection
  • DC Environmental Film Festival – Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film



Program Sponsor:

Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco

Community Allies:

Sierra Club

Mill Valley Film Festival

350 SF


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Media Partners:

Sierra Magazine

Earth Talk


Ed BurtynskyEdward Burtynsky
is known as one of the world's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world. Burtynsky’s distinctions include the TED Prize, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.




Jennifer BaichwalJennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for over 20 years. Her films have played all over the world and won multiple awards nationally and internationally, including an International Emmy, three Gemini Awards and Best Cultural and Best Independent Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs. She is a passionate ambassador of the Share Her Journey campaign, increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.



Nicholas de PencierNicholas de Pencier is a documentary Director, Producer, and Director of Photography. Selected credits include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (International Emmy), The Holier It Gets, (Best Canadian Doc, Hot Docs), Manufactured Landscapes, (TIFF Best Canadian Feature; Genie, Best Doc), and Act of God (Gala Opening Night, Hot Docs).

Included Shorts

God Has Already Gone Ahead (10min) More