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Take One Action:
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Fri 27 September 2019

In their follow-up to Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark (TOAFF14), photographer Edward Burtynsky and his artistic collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier offer a cinematic meditation on the way human activity has reshaped the Earth.

Whether or not one adheres to the concept of the Anthropocene, which seeks to recognise the “human signature” on the Earth’s geology and has raised vigorous and passionate international debate, the sheer scale of our massive reengineering of the surface of our planet is brought to light in astonishing perspective in this stunning documentary.

Spanning numerous countries, Anthropocene lays bare the gashes, wounds and irreparable marks of industrialisation and extraction, revealing how our mania for conquest defines our relationship to the Earth — and how we have created a global epidemic.

(Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, Canada | 2018 | 87 min | English / Russian / Italian / German / Mandarin / Cantonese with English subtitles).
Screening with: Hybrids (F. Brauch, M. Pujol, K. Tailhades, Y. Thireau, R. Thirion | France | 2017 | 6 min)

BEYOND THE SCREEN
The very concept of the Anthropocene as the new era we have hurtled the earth into is a hotly contested question, with significant political and ethical ramifications. Have we moved “beyond nature”? Join us after the film as we explore our responsibilities (towards the planet and towards each other) and our capacity for action.

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Presented in association with Friends of the Earth Scotland.

This screening will have full English subtitles and Closed Captions for the D/deaf and hard of hearing throughout. BSL interpretation is available on request.

Take One Action are introducing a sliding scale ticket policy: audiences choose what to pay based on personal circumstances, on a scale from £0 to £8. All we ask is that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. This policy brings flexibility to those who need it most and makes our festival more accessible for everyone. To find out what you should pay, please see our Sliding Scale Guide.