Jennifer Baichwal's mesmerizing documentary on the work of artist Edward Burtynsky has deservedly gained a passionate following since its 2006 release, and makes for a must-see on the big screen. 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 viewers to meditate on man's impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. DIR/PROD Jennifer Baichwal; PROD Nicholas de Pencier, Daniel Iron. Canada, 2006, color, 86 min. In English, Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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