Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans – with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.
Humans are the most decisive geological factor of our time. With stunning visuals of the landscapes that humans struggle to overpower, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s film is a breath-taking look at the scale and force of the work involved.
From America, to Italy to Hungary, workers share their experiences and ideas around their battle to overcome the earth – the risks and the labour involved. One worker is proud that he can say he moves mountains for a living, another worker isn’t quite sure why they’re doing it – yet there are no limits in the pursuit for domination.