A fascinating exploration of the fragility of Earth’s resources, this film was the standout sensation at Spokane’s Expo ’74. Scenes of U.S. splendor led into environmental problems, including air pollution in Denver. From the dazzling opening shots of the Grand Canyon to a dramatic oil-rig fire at the end, the huge images are a provocative illustration of the U.S. Pavilion’s motto: The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth. The quote, “The Earth does not belong to Man, Man belongs to the Earth” (attributed to Chief Seattle) was written in large letters on the outside wall of the pavilion. Inside the pavilion, visitors watched Man Belongs to the Earth.

Length: 23:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1974
  • Date Released:
    May 1974
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: Inactive
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 20-30
  • Formats: 15/70
  • Distributor:

    U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Produced By:
    Multiscreen Corp Ltd, Paramount Studios Corp.
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Roman Kroitor, Graeme Ferguson
  • Director:  Graeme Ferguson
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer: 
  • Cinematography: Graeme Ferguson
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score: 
  • Editor:
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits: Features Chief Dan George
  • Sponsors:


  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Short



Film Facts

The film was so realistic, especially during a sequence flying through the Grand Canyon, that motion sickness bags had to be made available.