Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

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Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.


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Jennifer Baichwal's cameras follow Edward Burtynsky (1955- ) as he visits what he calls manufactured landscapes: slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China, and a place in Bangladesh where ships are taken apart for recycling. In China, workers gather outside the factory, exhorted by their team leader to produce more and make fewer errors. A woman assembles a circuit breaker, and women and children are seen picking through debris or playing in it. Burtynsky concludes with a visit to Shanghai, the world's fastest growing city, where wealth and poverty, high-rises and old neighborhoods are side by side. Written by <>

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Fascinating pictures and some stories behind the pictures
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Documentary director Jennifer Baichwal follows Edward Burtynsky as he photographs the industrial complex with an eye towards its vast otherworldly beauty. He films giant Chinese factories, the beautiful and deadly e-recycling, taking apart ships in Bangladesh, the Three Gorges Dam, the massive mounts of material that China accumulates, and various man-made environments.

There is a real beauty with the pictures that he takes. The movie works best when it tells the story behind the pictures. The e-recycling bit is shocking. The ship recycling is awe-inspiring. The Chinese factories are fascinating because the infrastructure is so gigantic for things that are as simple as little grommets or making something as simple as a clothes iron. This is worthwhile to watch once but it does feel repetitive at times.

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