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Screening in German, English, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian - English Subtitles

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans - with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.

The screening will be followed by an onstage discussion with Dr Helen Hughes (Film, University of Surrey) Dr Tiago De Luca (Film, University of Warwick) and environmental scientist and soil expert, Dr Fer Aller

Geyrhalter proves again that he is a unique figure in world cinema. Images of Kubrickian strangeness, like pictures from another planet, some distant, grim, mineral-rich moon that we are callously exploiting because we don't care about it. An eco-documentary with eerie and scalp-tingling landscapes.

The Guardian

One of the most detailed, well-researched, poignant and epic environmental documentaries in recent years.


Screening Rights is the Midlands’ international festival of social justice film and debate. The fifth Screening Rights Film Festival takes place 21-24 November in Birmingham and Coventry, with a programme that combines screenings of some of the most interesting and highly acclaimed new films with post-screening discussions involving directors, producers, writers, activists and experts. Screening Rights aims to inspire and develop debate on the potential of film to affect personal, social and political change. Sign up to their mailing list here

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