Official film description...
The film follows Internationally acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky whose large-scale photographs of manufactured landscapes quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams create stunningly beautiful art from civilization s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country s massive industrial revolution. Burtynsky s photographs allow us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.
Rating from our film jury...
“Manufactured Landscapes” is an intelligent film, rather demanding than entertaining, which stimulates mind and soul. The film ist suitable for vocational schools, high schools, universities as well as for companies and educated multiplicators.
The well-made documentary explains contexts clearly and draws parallels to our daily lives. The treated issue is not necessarily new, but highly relevant and clearly treats our planet as ecological basis of life.
The imparting of knowledge and facts, although present, is not a strength of the film. However, the film impressively shows the impact of human activities on our planet by presenting numerous examples; in addition, the film relativizes the current state of knowledge.
“Manufactured Landscapes” is an emotionally touching film. It allows to gain a planetary perspective and refers to a greater whole. Nevertheless, the film is not very inspiring and shows hardly any prospects and solutions. Thus, the film doesn’t seem moralizing, the thinking is left to the viewers.
The structure of the film is comprehensible; the film itself however not very exciting, partly long-winded. Through the daring game with time, the film raises our awareness of the incredible dimensions in which we are increasingly moving. The pictures are of high aesthetic quality and very well related to the content, some are unique. The film editing is good, the camerawork moderate. The film music suits well, some perceive it however as tiring.
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Jennifer Baiwchal
Run Time: 86 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): German, French
Screening rights Switzerland: Xenix