We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life. In an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing Extinction, The Cove and Chasing Ice, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world. -This is the official description from the film’s website and Earth Vision Film. Photo source is also from TheHumanElementMovie.com
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- Fire fighters
- Coal miners
- Multi-generational fisherman and their community members
- Families suffering from air pollution and asthma
- Victims of climate-related disasters (like hurricanes and flooding)
The documentary team for The Human Element includes:
- James Balog -writer and film subject (National Geographic photographer)
- Matthew Testa -director
- Olivia Ahnemann -producer (Racing Extinction, The Cove and Under the Gun)
- Daniel Wright -co-producer
- Lyman Smith -editor
Movie reviews of The Human Element documentary
“This film could make coal execs care about the planet.” -Outside Magazine
“Exactly what we need to get us into gear…” -Grist
“This collection of powerful images provide concrete and compelling proof [of the impact of climate change].” -FilmThreat, Tiffany Tchobanian
Review by Rachel Avalon
The Human Element is a must-see film that doesn’t preach to the choir. Instead, it is a visceral and relatable documentary for a broad range of Americans, even those who deny the realities of climate change. Prioritizing storytelling over dry data, it is an up-close and personal account of some of the real lives and jobs affected by air pollution, rising sea levels, mega fires, the impact of coal mining, and other symptoms of a planet in peril. Visually captivating and filled with humanity, I highly recommend sharing The Human Element with family and friends, especially with anyone who hasn’t been motivated to take climate action yet. TheHumanElementMovie.com also has a wealth of resources for educators and activists.
Watch the movie trailer here.
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