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1 hr. 26 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary reveals the gritty underside of industrial landscapes. Photographer Edward Burtynsky explores the subtle beauty amid the waste generated by slag heaps, dumps and factories. Memorable scenes include a Chinese iron factory where employees are berated to produce faster, and shots of children playing atop piles of dangerous debris. The contrasts between wealth and poverty are most striking in Shanghai, with new high-rises towering above old slums.

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Director: Jennifer Baichwal

Genres: Documentary

Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Release Date: September 9th, 2006|1 hr. 26 min.

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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Leaves its audience with many troubling questions. Among them: Should a film console us with its own brilliance when it aims to discomfit us with its content? show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The result is a highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Burtynsky's keen sense of color, pattern and composition are obvious from his work, but equally acute are his thoughts on how he as an artist as well as an inhabitant of the planet fits into the larger scheme of things. show more

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