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For anyone with the curiosity to peek inside the Chinese machine that feeds Western shopaholism, this film is a must-see. It does not -- repeat NOT -- intercut its scenes of Chinese industrial landscapes and gargantuan factory interiors with scenes of equally gargantuan North American shopping malls and superstores. But those intercuts will nevertheless happen quite vividly inside the head of any half-thoughtful viewer of this film.
The film’s intention is to celebrate the photographic art of Ed Burtynsky -- and on that level, the film is itself a work of art-for-art’s-sake. But it is also profoundly political and moral, spiritual and informative. Any viewer unable to experience something like an intimate connection with these Chinese workers, whose spirit and energy inhabit every Walmart purchase in the kitchens and closets of North America, is a hopeless captive of politicians and pundits who elbow each other for face-time on American TV to play at the politics of fear.
The film is not exclusively about Chinese landscapes; for example, we get to see Bangladesh, where the giant carcases of oil tankers are disassembled for valuable scrap by teenagers and young men up to their necks in oily residue.Read more ›
Some of the poorest countries (Bangladesh) are trying to cope with our overindulgences. I had never thought about where ocean going ships go to "die" until seeing this. If you are thoughtful about where our world is heading - this film is a must see. The images are very disturbing and can be put on a par with all the global warming warnings that we hear about each day. Is it really worth a few dollars on each item that we buy to support the mindless destruction of our earth? I think not. If nothing else, this film has made me very aware of what I do in regards to what I purchase and how I dispose of it.
beautiful work to more people is worthwhile.
That said, for me the documentary itself, while very interesting and well made, simply
can not compete with the enormous power of Burtynsky's own images. Indeed the
best moments in the film are when we see the photos themselves.
While some of what we see of the photographer"s process is interesting, and there is
some provocative gentle implied questioning of the distance and lack of humanity in
Burtynsky"s photographs, I did not learn much more about the man and his work then
when I first happened upon his seeing his photos at a gallery, and then immediately
bought several books of his images.
A very solid documentary, but not as amazing one.
On the other hand, the extras, particularly the lengthy photo gallery where Brutynsky
himself talks in detail about many of his great images from the film is far more powerful
and interesting, and it's absolutely worth getting the DVD for that feature.
The DVD is not to be missed and should be reviewed repeatedly as you refer your friends to this work and to the problem of "superfund" sites abroad and around our endangered planet.
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The truth of what is being done to The Earth's landscapes is very disturbing.Published 6 months ago by Dominik T.
Very informative and interesting. Was recommended by top portfolio manager in CanadaPublished 19 months ago by John Brkich
So glad to have my own copy! Also gave a copy to my son who has a passion for photography, geography, and culture! This fits all three bills!Published on Jan. 1 2014 by Lynda G. Smith
Beautifully produced documentary through the eyes of a photographer who finds aesthetic beauty but also unconscionable exploitation and harm within these modern industrial... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2013 by J. Fogel
A great documentary which although at times a bit slow, still gives some incredible imagery into the world we have created as we strive to suck the earth dry of all its possible... Read morePublished on July 11 2013 by Paul Arthorne
A must watch for everyone who favors consumerism !
Is there a way for us to be able to turn the clocks back to get back the natural landscapes again?