28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Sadness of Anthropocene

The Sadness of Anthropocene

director: Lenka Veselá
original title: Smutek antropocénu
country: Czech Republic
year: 2023
running time: 9 min.


Anthropogenic chemicals have become a ubiquitous part of life. They circulate and accumulate in the environment and in our bodies. Is it possible that in addition to having an adverse effect on our health, these compounds can also affect our thoughts, feelings and motivations?

The Sadness of Anthropocene is a remarkably researched and bold treatment of the taboo subject of hormonal contraception, conveyed with sophisticated editing and a distinct visual style.” – student jury of My Street Films Award 2023


Lenka Veselá is a PhD student and assistant lecturer at the Department of Art History and Theory, FFA, Brno University of Technology. Her research focuses on the effects of industrial chemicals on human bodies and more-than-human environments. Founder of the art research project Synthetic Becoming.

more about film

director: Lenka Veselá
producer: Lenka Veselá
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas