Why Manufactured Landscapes' message about consumption is more important than ever

CBC Arts

David Suzuki, Sophie Hackett and Darrell Varga look back at the award-winning 2006 documentary.

At their best, movies have the power to challenge our perspectives and help us see the bigger picture. It's hard to think of a more literal example than Manufactured Landscapes. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal — and featuring spectacular images from Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky — the film takes us to some of humanity's most mesmerizing industrial landscapes. From a factory in China that employs some 23,000 people to world's largest dam, which has uprooted more than 1 million people since it was built, it's a stunning exploration. 

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The Filmmakers airs this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT) on CBC Television, or stream it at After the episode, stick around to see this week's feature presentation, Manufactured Landscapes.

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