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Dirt! The Movie (2009)

 |  Documentary  |  2009 (USA)
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The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.

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Herself - Narrator (voice)
Bill Logan ...
Himself - Author, Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
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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
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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

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Johnny Carson: How long would that take to, to grow with proper care to a fairly good size, 4 or 5 feet?
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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.


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