Canada, 2018, 87'
The second outcome of the collaboration of film directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier with photographer Edward Burtynsky, this film explores the idea of a new geological era that, with the impact of humankind on nature and on the Earth in general, marks the end of the Holocene. The three filmmakers set out for a four-year-long journey across five continents following an international team of researchers who are studying the changes occurred in the past centuries in order to document the effects of human activities on the planet. What comes out is a majestic, chilling portrayal of a planet on the edge of extinction: climate emergency, uncontrolled urbanization, air and sea pollution, deforestation, exploitation of raw material deposits, the extermination of animals and of plant biodiversity - a plethora of signs of a disaster that goes unheeded. An apocalypse that seems distant in time and space, but instead is our concern, as evidenced – among others – by the shots filmed in the Carrara marble quarries and in Venice, submerged by the high tide.