The Human Element | Denver Film Society | Matthew Testa | USA

The Human Element

Matthew Testa


EnglishUSA201976 minWebsite


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Monday, May 13th at 7pm at the Sie FilmCenter!
**This film is a third party rental and is not programmed/curated by the Denver Film Society**

During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog's work has challenged us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world. Balog investigates how altering the elements is in turn affecting everyday Americans right now. The Human Element features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Cal Fire strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history. He ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source. Balog argues that humans are part of the whole system of nature and not apart from it. Knowing this, he finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance.

Cinematographer: Jim Hurst, Josh Salzman
Additional Countries: Iceland