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A review of documentary film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
We're living, living precariously, sometimes, hopelessly too! The stunning images and shocking ironies in connection with human inflicted realities make this documentary film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a memorable one.

A beautiful film with unbelievable examples of human greed without any concerns of life the posterity is going to face. The overweening and undying ambitions lead the humanity to go to any extent to gain what they want. It's beyond doubt that human activity shapes up our planet more than any other natural forces, and what we sow now would turn into a whirlwind for the future generations to reap. Anthropocene shows different parts of the world and the calamities we bring forth.

The rectangular ponds of foul yellow water and its evaporation while making lithium for powering electric car batteries is a burning issue in the Atacama Deserts of Chile. The calamities created by the potash mining and the resultant manufacturing of fertilizers in Russia's Ural Mountains are other grave threats to the future. The massive burning of elephant tusks in Kenya was due to the large-scale poaching in the forest areas. Russia and Germany show the transformation of terrains into industrial wastelands. Colossal machines are extracting various things in different parts of the world. Since the unique qualities of marbles make it a popular and expensive stone there is slaughter cutting going on in Italy. These are a few of the threats discussed in this movie.

Anthropocene is a visual account of the threats we face, with relevant imagery and a striking balance between observation and advocacy. It gives a host of stories that tell the perils of high-level extractions and pollutions due to large level industrialization spanning, all over the world. The basic human urge to become rich, irrespective of the consequences it creates, is on the increase day by day.  Do we have a policy that strongly stipulates sustainable solutions towards the preservation of nature? The earth is in the height of her patience towards this killing spree. She takes her revenge on mankind in different ways like global warming, drought, floods and even in the form of epidemics.

The film conveys a strong message for mankind to be on their toes lest it should turn topsy-turvy any moment and that would be an irrevocable end. Everything, as it is, is for the welfare of the living beings headed by humans and if we do not take an initiative for a serious drive against the exploitation of nature, who does?

The directors of this movie, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky are renowned award winners in their fields. This film is the third part of a trilogy that includes MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (2006) and WATERMARK (2013). It's an end product of the researches conducted by an international body of scientists for years and a lot of stress and strain had been taken in this state of the art documentary production.

The film had its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival 2018, in last September.

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