Matthew Testa, Olivia Ahnemann, Daniel Wright, James Balog, Lyman Smith | 2018 | 78 min.

2019 Official Selection

We humans are a force of nature. As human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life in turn.

In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights Americans who are on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.