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Manufactured Landscapes

Jennifer Baichwal / Canada / 2006 / 90 ' / English / S.T. English

Credits

Roland Schlimme
Peter Mettler
Jennifer Baichwal, Shana Collier, Richard Hughes, Daniel Iron, Lucas Lackner, Nick de Pencier & Jeff Powis

Awards & Festivals

Winner, Best Documentary Feature - Toronto Film Critics Association
Winner, Best Canadian Feature - Toronto Film Critics Association
Winner, Best Canadian Feature - Toronto Film Festival
Winner, Best Documentary - Genie Awards
Winner, Reed Current Award, Nashville Film Festival
Nominated, Best Documentary, Genie Awards 2007
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival

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A striking documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky.

Synopsis

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates 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. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

In the spirit of such environmentally enlightening sleeper-hits as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and RIVERS AND TIDES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.
 

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