Film Forum: Manufactured Landscapes

Today in New York, the Film Forum premieres Manufactured Landscapes, which follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through places like China and Bangladesh, capturing images of globalized industry. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, the film features large-scale images of vast industrial landscapes, and delivers a message about the human and environmental costs of the destructive changes that our planet is experiencing.

The acclaimed Canadian artist takes large-format photographs of factory worker armies, skeletons of rotting oil tankers and dismantled cities along the shores of the Yangtze River as the Three Gorges Dam nears completion. It’s a film that “allows us to contemplate industry’s impact on land, people, and culture” and seems like a valuable tool that offers perspective for all travelers as we all move through this world, whether for work or pleasure.