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The Human Element (2018)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 February 2018 (USA)
During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all ... See full summary »

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Matthew Testa

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James Balog (concept by), Lyman Smith | 1 more credit »
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During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. Balog's work has challenged us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world. Balog investigates how altering the elements is in turn affecting everyday Americans right now. The Human Element features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Cal Fire strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new ...

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Visceral images, human stories
11 March 2019 | by bagenalSee all my reviews

Perhaps this fantastically shot movie with human stories will convey the urgency to act. I wonder whether it is getting enough distribution. I recommend everyone seeing it - at least once. I was worried at first that it might be another "scientist/hippy/Boulderite" lecture to the masses. But no - it's a genuine, engaging portrayal of humanity - and what humanity is doing to the other elements.


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