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Release Date: September 4th, 2006

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2007

Not Yet Rated|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.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: National Film Board of Canada, Foundry Films

Keywords: Fascinating, 2000s, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

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

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