Envisioning the World: How Cinema Shapes the Earth

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To see and think the world as a totality has never been more crucial thanks to the present global environmental crisis. This three-part programme will bring together historical and contemporary films about ‘the world’ with the aim of exploring the divergences and continuities between audiovisual representations of the Earth past and present. From narratives of colonialism and internationalism through to end-of-the-world mythologies and the Anthropocene discourse, these films show that the history of cinema is inseparable from a quest to imagine the world as a totality. The programme will weave together government-sponsored films, documentaries and experimental works, some of which in their original format and rarely shown in public screenings. It will also include the London premiere of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, 2019). By juxtaposing films made in different epochs and contexts, the programme hopes to provoke reflection on the way cinema has both responded to and shaped the history of planetary consciousness.

Each programme will be followed by a discussion with film specialists and practitioners.

Contact: Tiago de Luca, [email protected]

Programme 1: June 8 (Saturday), 13:00 – 18:00 https://envisioningtheworld1.eventbrite.co.uk

  • The World is Rich (Paul Rotha, 1947, 46 min)
  • Homo Sapiens (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2016, 94 min)
  • The World (Mika Taanila, 2017, 8 min)

Programme 2: June 15 (Saturday), 13:00 – 18:00 https://envisioningtheworld2.eventbrite.co.uk

  • From the Pole to the Equator (Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, 1987, 96 min), screened in 16mm
  • Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, 2019, 87 min), London premiere

Programme 3: June 22 (Saturday), 13:00 – 18:00 https://envisioningtheworld3.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Melody of the World (Walter Ruttmann, 1929, 49 min), screened in 35mm
  • Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1981, 87 min)
  • Exit Man (Joanna Zylinska, 2017, 7 min)



Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 13:00 to 18:00
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 13:00 to 18:00
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 13:00 to 18:00


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