The Dome Theater Project in Libby Montana

The Dome Theater Project in Libby Montana

The Human Element

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During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. Balog's work has challenged us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world. Balog investigates how altering the elements is in turn affecting everyday Americans right now. The Human Element features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Cal Fire strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source. Balog argues that humans are part of the whole system of nature and not apart from it. Knowing this, he finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance.

Movie/Show Details

  • Starring: James Balog (concept by),
  • Director: Matthew Testa
  • Rating: NR
  • Opening Date: January 30, 2019
  • End Date: January 30, 2019
  • Evening Showings: Thursday: 7pm
  • Admission Price:



    Donations will be accepted to help the Kootenai Climate Group spread awareness.  The mission of the Kootenai Climate Group is to increase climate change awareness and promote policies that empower people to take constructive action to reverse human-caused climate change. 

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