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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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A movie skeptics will enjoy!
14 December 2018 | by leland-gohlSee all my reviews

Beautifully well done! Jim does a remarkable job conveying how fragile the planet actually is and how what we're doing has devastating effects on people everywhere. He also shows the importance of respecting all people you disagree with if you truly want to address the issue. If someone ever asks you about the impacts of climate change, look no further than this movie. Even better than Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral!


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