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Film Club brings Anthropocene: The Human Epoch documentary to Quesnel

It is the only documentary and big screen film presented by the club this season

The fourth and final film screening of the Quesnel Film Club’s 2019 winter season will take place on Thursday, March 28.

The film, a documentary titled Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, follows the research of the Anthropocene Working Group, an international group of scientists who are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, due to profound and lasting human changes to the Earth, according to the film’s website.

An official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the film is the third collaboration between photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. The documentary is narrated by Alicia Vikander.

It will be the first and only documentary shown by the Film Club in the winter season and also the first and only big-screen event.

The first of the filmmakers’ three documentaries, Manufactured Landscapes, came to Quesnel in 2006. The next one, Watermark, was released in 2013.

“It’s just going to be visually amazing. It’s going to suck you in through beautiful photographs, and it’s going to bring you in and show you the damage that the human has done to the planet,” says Amanda Gillcash, a member of the Quesnel Film Club.

Gillcash says it is the kind of film to make people think.

Instead of leaving the theatre feeling good, film-goers will be left with a desire to head to a pub and discuss it.

Originally, the club was planning to show the documentary Three Identical Strangers as its fourth and final screening.

That film was shown on TV, however, so the club decided to change its pick.

“The photographs are fabulous,” says Gillcash. “And that is an art form I’m really interested in, photography. So using a photograph, that really interests me and I managed to convince the other [club members] that they would like it too.”

The film will run at The Carib on Thursday, March 28.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

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