The Shitthropocene

Welcome to the Age of Cheap Crap – By Patagonia

The Shitthropocene is a mock anthropological view of humanity’s consumption habits, turning a satirical (yet brutally honest) eye on how everything is turning to shit and why the impulse towards more might destroy us all. You might have noticed that a lot of things seem to suck right now. This film isn’t about all the things that suck—that would be a really long film. But it is about consumption, which is both a cause and a symptom of the suckiness. For a bunch of reasons, pretty much everyone is making and buying too much stuff, which we are evolutionarily programmed to want. What was once an advantage (more! = better!) is now contributing to the destruction of the planet. The Shitthropocene is a journey from the cellular origins of our lack of impulse control to the ways our central nervous systems have been hacked in the name of capital. It’s also about how we might begin to save us from ourselves. Plus there are dancing cavemen. David Byars is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has covered everything from statelessness in the Dominican Republic to America’s Public Lands. His latest film is a mock anthropological investigation into why everything is shit and what we might be able to do about it.

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