Manufactured Landscapes

Synopsis: Jennifer Baichwal's cameras follow Edward Burtynsky (1955- ) as he visits what he calls manufactured landscapes: slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China, and a place in Bangladesh where ships are taken apart for recycling. In China, workers gather outside the factory, exhorted by their team leader to produce more and make fewer errors. A woman assembles a circuit breaker, and women and children are seen picking through debris or playing in it. Burtynsky concludes with a visit to Shanghai, the world's fastest growing city, where wealth and poverty, high-rises and old neighborhoods are side by side.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Jennifer Baichwal
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  4 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

Good morning, guys.

Good morning!

Under these

particular circumstances,

we can easily discover

many shortcomings.

They complain about us every day.

Watch the way you operate.

Also, watch those knobs for controlling

temperature and those for steam.

Don't laugh.

Don't talk.

You, stand behind him. Four in a row.

Stand straight. You, come to this row.

Regarding the unqualified material,

our group, 2B, did the worst.

Every time we worked on 7562,

if I didn't remind you,

then nobody would label the bad items,

so they got messed up.

They were scattered everywhere.

Besides this, the worst thing,

there were no labels for them.

So when the products were moved,

the bad ones went out as well.

I'm not a god.

I'm a human being, just like you.

I am only 1 person and you are 20.

When those materials were rejected,

the quality controller complained a lot.

This is the bad habit that exists

in our group, 2B.

It should be good. No problem.

He is shooting now.

We haven't sorted

these recycling materials in time.

Now there's too much to do.

You wouldn't start working

until you were told to.

You don't want to work?

It's not useable anymore.

So after you sort them out,

will you smash all of them?

Yes. All will be smashed.

First, welcome to our company.

This is the headquarter office.

During the past 1 3 years, our company

has been expanding steadily.

Our product is sold in more than 60

countries and territories around the world.

Our products cover from the origin

to the terminal of low voltage

electrical safeguards,

which includes the

TSM1 Smart Breaker,

Smart and Multi-functional Breaker...

and the TSM21 Breaker,

TSM Small Breaker,

and the TSY Power Supply Protector.

My name is Tan Yanfang.

How long have you been working here?

Six years.

I can assemble 400 units every day

without overtime.

The shell of the TSM Small Breaker

is made of the best quality materials

in the world,

including specialized parts

imported from Holland.

The products are mainly for...

Excuse me...

I feel so nervous.

That's okay.

Can I use...

Can I use my notes?

You can read. That's fine.

We will keep updating our marketing,

focussing on technical research,

to serve our customers best.

Professional, high-quality,

and large-scale work

will make our company

an industry leader.

Our corporate goal is to be exceptional.

Professionalism is our principle.

Changes here are huge.

My father told me when

he came here in the early '90s,

there were no ships being built.

Now it's getting richer here.

My mother is a welder, just like me.

My father is an assembler.

I failed to get into high school

and my uncle worked here.

That's why I came here to work.

There are lots of coal mines here.

Coal is mined on a large scale

to meet the energy needs of our country,

because our economy

is developing very fast.

But it brings some

environmental problems.

Did you just say

that large-scale coal mining

is to meet China's demands

in her economic development?

We came here for that.

I have to let you know

that he's going to publish a book

about the development

of Chinese industry...

and we understand that China

needs a lot of energy for development.

No shooting. No shooting.

He's just taking a picture.

Don't shoot, guys.

- Excuse me.


As far as I understand,

the problem right now...

- I mean this is my personal idea...

- Okay.

is that the court itself

has the very regulation

that no media is allowed

to come to this.

No I understand that.

But my understanding is,

Tianjin Harbour Goods Distribution Centre

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