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Doc10, Chicago’s film festival showcasing the year’s 10 best documentaries, is hosting the Chicago premieres of two award-winning films that resonate with interests in sustainability and a healthy planet: Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier’s staggeringly beautiful and shocking “ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH” and a special closing night presentation of John Chester’s “THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM.” The films will screen on April 13 and April 14.
ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH
Saturday, April 13 @ 1 p.m.
Followed by Q+A with Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier
Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier
97 min, Canada, 2018
As shocking as it is staggeringly beautiful, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” provides a visceral chronicle of humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet. From vast reaches of lithium ponds in the Chilean desert to colossal chunks excavated out of Russian mountains, this big-screen cinematic event impresses with the awesome scale of its imagery—and its harrowing implications. Following their previous nonfiction masterworks “Manufactured Landscapes” (2006) and “Watermark” (2013), award-winning filmmakers Baichwal and De Pencier, in collaboration with celebrated photographer Edward Burtynsky, go beyond your standard National Geographic environmental doc to create an experiential piece of eco-horror. “Packed with shattering images and astounding ironies” (The Globe and Mail), this “riveting [work] leaves the unmistakable sensation that mankind is busily choreographing its own destruction” (Toronto Star).
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
Sunday, April 14 @ 7 p.m.
Director: John Chester
91 min, U.S., 2018
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, “The Biggest Little Farm” is the inspirational story of two dreamers, John and Molly Chester, who move from the city out to the country to build one of the most diverse and sustainable farms of its kind in complete coexistence with the elements. Chronicling nearly eight years of epic ups and downs and startling trials and errors, the film is a “gorgeous and often devastating look at good intentions slamming into harsh practical challenges” (Indiewire) as the Chesters persevere through coyote attacks, insect infestations, floods, fires, and much more to build their utopia. Winner of multiple film festival Audience Awards, “The Biggest Little Farm” is “stunning” (Variety), and “genuinely involving and heartening” (The Hollywood Reporter).
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