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Earth

It would seem that Austrian documentary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread, Homo Sapiens) has made a career of honing in on subjects at the core of our contemporary existential crisis, ranging from industrial food production, the rise of nationalism, and, now, the large-scale desecration of the earth through mining and other disruptive practices. Shot in seven locations across North America and Europe, the film contains astonishing widescreen images of humanity’s impact on the earth’s topography; Geyrhalter and his crew delve into the nuances of each worksite, where colossal machinery eats away at the land. The filmmakers interview laborers at each location about their work and how they feel about what they’re doing to the planet. These segments are honest and illuminating, specifically with regards to the intersection between labor, capitalism, and environmental concerns. I can’t help but feel there are no easy answers to the complex issues the film raises; if anything, I came away from it with even more questions. In various languages with English subtitles.

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