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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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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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Death, destruction, tragedy, and nature all in beautiful vivid color and scenery.
16 July 2019 | by tfcSee all my reviews

The Human Element, shows several natural disasters caused by the natural elements (earth, wind, fire, water) and the people (the quintessential element) they affect by using well posed photographs, films, and music that almost seems to belong more in a BBC nature documentary. This alone gives this film an unsettling distant feel that you know you are watching something terrible yet it is done so well you instead see the beauty in the ashes. There are a few environmental and personal commentaries tucked in the film but it is smoothly presented as to flow within the images. I should feel more empathy for the victims but the imagery is so surreal and melancholy. It reminds me of the movies Samsara or the Qatsi trilogy.


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