7.2/10
401
6 user 3 critic

Dirt! The Movie (2009)

| Documentary | 2009 (USA)
Trailer
1:45 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

'The Economics of Happiness' features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Gorelick, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jan Barham, Ronald Colman, Eliana Amparo Apaza Espillico
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Director: Deborah Koons
Stars: Charles Benbrook, Grace Booth, George W. Bush
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it.

Directors: Alan Lowery, John Pilger
Stars: Julian Assange, Tony Blair, Wilfred Burchett
Money & Life (2013)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

MONEY and LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that makes a provocative proposition: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous ... See full summary »

Director: Katie Teague
Stars: Marga Laube, Lynne Twist, Vandana Shiva
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong
Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jeh Wadia, Alvin DuVernay
Occupy Love (2012)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

OCCUPY LOVE captures the heart of the movement of movements that is sweeping the planet in response to today's economic and environmental crises. 'Philosopher-filmmaker' Velcrow Ripper ... See full summary »

Director: Velcrow Ripper
Stars: Amr Adel, Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, Colin Beavan
Vegucated (2011)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it's all about. They have no ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Miller Wolfson
Stars: Marisa Miller Wolfson, Chloe Davis, Cody Tarlow
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out ... See full summary »

Directors: James Colquhoun, Laurentine Ten Bosch, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mike Adams, Nick Bolton, James Caitlin
Documentary | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a ... See full summary »

Director: Costa Boutsikaris
Stars: Lisa Depiano, Charles Eisenstein, Ben Falk
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it... See full summary »

Director: Carol Black
Stars: Wade Davis, Manish Jain, Helena Norberg-Hodge
Starsuckers (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Documentary that explores mankind's desire to be famous and its effect on society.

Director: Chris Atkins
Stars: Ellis Cashmore, Max Clifford, Richard Curtis
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Hodge
Stars: Michael Reynolds, Chris Reynolds, Shauna Malloy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Herself - Narrator (voice)
Bill Logan ...
Himself - Author, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
...
Herself - Physicist, Farmer & Environmental Activist
Fritjof Capra ...
Himself - Theoretical Physicist & Author
John Todd ...
Himself - Biologist & Eco-designer
Gary Vaynerchuk ...
Himself - Host, Wine Library TV
Wangari Maathai ...
Herself - Nobel Laureate & Founder of Green Belt Movement
Janine Benyus ...
Herself - Founder, The Biomimicry Institute
Miguel Altieri ...
Himself - Entomologist, UC Berkeley
Jeremy Narby ...
Himself - Anthropologist & Author
Paul Stamets ...
Himself - Mycologist
Andy Lipkis ...
Himself - Founder & President, TreePeople
Bob Cannard ...
Himself - Farmer
Kevin Rowell ...
Himself - Natural Builder
Marisha Farnsworth ...
Herself - Natural Builder
Edit

Storyline

A look at man's relationship with Dirt. Dirt and humans couldn't be closer. We started our journey together as stardust, swirled by cosmic forces into our galaxy, solar system, and planet. We are made of the same stuff. Four billion years of evolution created dirt as the living source of all life on Earth including humans. Dirt has given us food, shelter, fuel, medicine, ceramics, flowers, cosmetics and color --everything needed for our survival. For most of the last ten thousand years we humans understood our intimate bond with dirt and the rest of nature. We took care of the soils that took care of us. But, over time, we lost that connection. Our species became greedy and careless. We still depend on dirt, but now we abuse and ignore it. We are destroying our last natural resource with our agriculture, our mining, and our paving over the planet for cities. We turned dirt into something "dirty." In doing so, we transform the skin of the earth into a hellish and dangerous landscape ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A story with heart and soil.

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2009 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

| (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Founder - The Wine Library: With the amount of species that live in a teaspoon of dirt, I think it's very obvious dirt might be more alive than we are.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dirt for Dummies
24 May 2014 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. "Dirt might be more alive than we are." It could be a tag line for the newest horror flick, but instead it's one of the key elements to this well presented and informative documentary that's been around, and discussed, for a few years.

Inspired by William Bryant Logan's book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth", the three filmmakers roll out interviews from what must be a some kind of world record in professional diversity: farmers (of course), Mycologist (had to look it up), Professors, Physicist, a Pastor, Entomologist, Anthropologist, Ecologist, Horticulturalist, a Native American spokesperson, a prison worker, photographer, a wine expert (who eats dirt) and even a Nobel Laureate. This group would make up quite the dinner party!

Doing much more showing than telling, the film avoids the doom and gloom of so many "destroying the earth" documentaries and instead uses splashes of animation to lighten the mood, while still making serious and important points. Still, the negative light is directed at monoculture farming (single crop over large land areas), strip-mining, logging, fertilizers and pesticides.

On the bright side, hope is provided through many isolated efforts of those trying to save the dirt! These aren't extremists picketing corporate farms, but rather groups of people doing what they can. Rooftop gardening and schoolyard gardens (by ripping out asphalt) are two of the most interesting. A fascinating point is made that if Ethiopia were properly farmed, it could feed all of Africa.

The story of Clyde's pickup is pretty interesting as well - though I wondered why it never got towed. We get a history lesson on the use of dirt as a building material, and how man's greed created the Dust Bowl, but somehow the one thing that is stuck in my head is Dino Pee ... the point that all of Earth's water is continually recycled, and every glass of water we drink goes back millions of years and could contain traces of ... well you get the idea.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why the low ratings? Alacrates
Discuss Dirt! The Movie (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page