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Scars into a foreign soul

EARTH
Regissør: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
(Østerrike)

Have we lost nature, understood as the framework of cycle and cruelty and otherness that is not part of ourselves, but an outside?

The film takes us on a tour of 7 around the world where vast lands are changed to unfamiliarity for the sake of human growth, consumption, lifestyle and prosperity. These include the extraction of minerals for copper (Riotinho, Spain), coal for energy (Matra, Hungary), roads for transport (Brenner, Austria), marble for kitchens (Carrara, Italy), oil from tar sands (Ford McKay) or bare soil and mountains turned into homes for ever more people in ever-larger houses (California). All this requires unimaginable resources and technology, but it is also a painful story of man's apparent powerlessness and, not least, historylessness. A powerful and moving film in every way.

Human imprints

Aerial images of vast areas of change instantly reveal the imprint man makes on the earth's surface: Roads, lines and fractures are like scars into a foreign soul. None of the contributors leaves any doubt as to what this resource extraction is doing on the ground. But everyone is resigned to the fact that it should be able to. . .

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Alexander Carnera
Carnera is a freelance writer living in Copenhagen.

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