The Human Element

USA, Iceland – 01:16:00
Produced by Olivia Ahnemann, James Balog, Brooks Fisher, David Cornfield, Ginny Jordan, Jim Crown, Linda Cornfield, Paula Crown, Paula Pesmen, Daniel Wright, Alejandro de Castro, Jill Mazursky
Directed by Matthew Testa
Written by Matthew Testa, Lyman Smith

Feeling an urgent need to show how climate change is impacting his own country, renowned photographer James Balog (CHASING ICE) creates stunning images that reveal how environmental problems are affecting the lives of average Americans. Using the four ancient elements — air, earth, fire and water — to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal community and the changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT highlights fishermen, firefighters, coal miners and children on the frontlines of climate change.