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SFS Talkies 2008 - Manufactured Landscapes (G)

What Screening of the Canadian documentary "Manufactured Landscapes" (2006) - a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Stay for the discussion after the screening too!
When 26 April 2008 (Saturday), 12:30 Screening; 2:00 Post Screening Discussion
Where The Picturehouse
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)

Free admission but for members only -- flash your membership card or use your Reel Card to go in.

Non-members please sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership cards on the spot.

No tickets will be sold. Free seating.

Please look for the duty table outside the Picturehouse Lounge, 5th floor, The Cathay.


Manufactured Landscapes

Canada / 2006 / 90 min / 35mm / Documentary / Rating G

Dir. Jennifer Baichwal

"A protracted exploration of the aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions of industrialization and globalization... Raises some sigificant and sobering questions about the impact that we, as humans, make on our environment"
"Manufactured Landscapes tracks the beauty and the horror of industry's imprint on the earth"

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’ – quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.
The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera.
Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. His refusal to be didactic makes his photographs powerful. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

About the Director

Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montréal and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied philosophy and theology at McGill University and received an MA in 1994. Her first feature documentary, Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, won a 1999 International Emmy Award for best arts documentary and was nominated for a Genie Award for best feature documentary.


Winner - TIFF Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film 2006
Winner - Best Canadian Documentary, Atlantic Film Festival 2006
Winner - Best Canadian Documentary, Calgary Film Festival 2006
Winner - Best Feature documentary & Best Canadian Film, Toronto Film Critics Association 2006
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival

Click for the trailer on Youtube

A Quicktime version is also available on the official website.

Official website:

Listen to the Q&A with Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky at New York’s Film Forum