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Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people in mines, quarries, large construction sites in a constant struggle to transform the planet.


  • “High ambition is matched by impressive execution, resulting in a thought-provoking contribution to ongoing ecological debates.”
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • “one of the most important and poignant environmental documentaries in recent years"
  • “only an idealist treats his audience with as much respect as he does here. And only an idealist invites his audience to look at the world as closely and deeply as he does as he reminds us that it is only by seeing — really seeing — the world as it exists, that we stand any chance at all of saving it.”
    The New York Times

Festival Participation

  • Berlinale - 2019
    Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - 2019
    International Award
  • IDFA - 2019

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