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A film by Steve Bradshaw

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A panel of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Coined by Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, the Anthropocene marks the age where our planet is shaped more by mankind than nature. In this film, scientists tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it is a tragedy, a comedy…or something more surreal. With archival footage and award-winning stills and interviews, ANTHROPOCENE proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The first ever documentary about the Anthropocene, this film is an urgent call for us to decide – in this decade – how the Anthropocene will end.

Interviewees include Will Steffen, Erle Ellis, Jan Zalasiewicz, Andrew Revkin, John McNeil, Monica Berger Gonzalez, Eric Odada, Davor Vidas.

“Sees today’s ecological and climactic changes from a new and deeply thought-provoking perspective.” —CPH:DOX

“This is an excellent film with beautiful pictures and authentic interviews. Thanks to the film makers for a tremendous job and compelling introduction to the Anthropocene.” —Paul J. Crutzen, Atmospheric chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry

“This is far and away the best combination of authoritative statements, diverse opinions, contrasted future scenarios, arresting and hugely varied imagery and evocative sounds, all focused on the Anthropocene, that is currently available...It should appeal to anyone with an interest in the future of humanity; it needs to be force fed to all who believe that 'business as usual', driven by the growth obsession of the current neo-liberal, global hegemony is the answer to future welfare and long term survival. Frank Oldfield, The Anthropocene Review

“Keeps us suspended...Very realistic...Thrilling direction.” 7th Room, Milan Design Film Festival

“Highly Recommended...Persuasive, interesting, and easy to watch...Anthropocene is so well made that anyone having an interest in science or in the art of making a persuasive argument will enjoy watching it.” James Gordon, Educational Media Reviews Online

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Cleveland International Film Festival
Transitions Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia

97 minutes / Color
Closed Captioned
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2015

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Subject areas:
Anthropology, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Philosophy

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