[Marxism] Earth | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 10 15:19:02 MST 2020

A case can be made that Nikolaus Geyrhalter is the most important living 
documentary filmmaker. As well, a case can be made that his latest film 
“Earth” (Erde) that opened today at the Anthology Film Archives in New 
York is his most important. As the film begins with a panoramic shot of 
the San Fernando Valley in California, the following words scroll across 
the screen: “Every day 60 million tons of surface soil are moved by 
rivers, wind and other forces of nature. Humans move 156 million tons of 
rock and soil per day, making humankind the most decisive geological 
factor of our time.” With this as a preface, Geyrhalter then takes us on 
a world tour of major excavation sites with closeups on the machinery 
and the women and men who operate them. On his last stop, he makes in 
Fort McMaster in Canada, he departs from his itinerary because the tar 
sands oil extraction bosses did not allow him to film there. However, in 
a perfect denouement to a film made to arouse public opinion against 
unbridled capitalist development, he escorts two Dene Indians whose land 
has been despoiled by fracking.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2020/01/10/earth/

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