Edward Burtynsky’s – Manufactured Landscapes
Manufactured Landscapes works triple-time as a documentary portrait, a tone poem, and a work of protest. The title comes from Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s 2003 book of the same name. His large-scale images depict the ways industrialization has transformed the environment. Locations include quarries, slag heaps, and dumping grounds. Director Jennifer Baichwal introduces photographs focusing on China and Bangladesh, and then presents Burtynsky in the process of creating them. He adds a few words here and there, but Baichwal mostly lets the people behind his prints–and the devastation that surrounds them–do the talking. Of the sites they visit, China’s monumental Three Gorges Dam is the most impressive… and depressing. At the same time the construction has created much-needed jobs, the world’s largest engineering project has also displaced 13 cities of over 1.3 million people. To paraphrase Burtynsky, Baichwal’s film "searches for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion." With its ominous soundtrack and stately pace–cinematographer Peter Mettler’s opening pan through a vast manufacturing plant lasts eight minutes–Manufactured Landscapes is about as far from conventional as a non-fiction film can get. Like Koyanisqaatsi, Rivers and Tides, and Darwin’s Nightmare, Baichwal leaves the charts and graphs behind to make one irrefutable point: We’re in trouble.
Audio : AC3 English
English sub-titles for non english speaking parts.