MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 13,176 this week

Symphony of the Soil (2012)

8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 69 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 1 user | 3 critic | 4 from Metacritic.com

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 17 May 2014
 
a list of 55 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 133 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 108 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Symphony of the Soil (2012)

Symphony of the Soil (2012) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Symphony of the Soil.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that has cured tens of thousands of people worldwide since then, including patients's previously thought ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kroschel
Stars: Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Francesca Dego, Giuliano Dego
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The film traces the origins of our beliefs about healthful and unhealthful food. Experts from all over the world talk about the problems as well as short and long term solutions. Among the ... See full summary »

Director: Lathe Poland
Stars: Lathe Poland, Eric Carlsen, Daniel Damiano
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Fauchere
Stars: Esraa Bani, Albert Bartlett, Lester Brown
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A comical fast paced feature documentary, that questions the health benefits of milk.

Director: Shira Lane
Stars: T.C. Campbell, James LeQuang, Jennifer Ricciardi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.

Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Stars: Claus Hansen Petz, Arkadiusz Rydellek, Barbara Hinz
Food Stamped (2010)
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Nutrition educator Shira Potash ... See full summary »

Directors: Shira Potash, Yoav Potash
Stars: Shira Potash, Yoav Potash
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.

Director: Steven Greenstreet
Stars: Richard Atkinson, Denise Austin, Brooke Bates
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Journalist C.J.Hunt's global quest for a solution to the obesity epidemic and diet-related disease. It explores modern dietary science, previous historical findings, ancestral native diets and the emerging field of human dietary evolution.

Director: C.J. Hunt
Stars: C.J. Hunt, Leslie Aiello, Susan Loraine Anderson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Joe Cross examines how to make healthy habits last. Joe meets with experts who present realistic solutions to make long-term sustainable improvements to eating behaviors and overall health.

Director: Kurt Engfehr
Stars: Joe Cross, Bjarke de Koning, Phil Staples
Food Matters (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma
Stars: Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, is it enough to respond with the same tired solutions? Or are we ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Stars: Orland Bishop, Tenzin Palmo, Angel Kyodo Williams
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

Director: Liz Marshall
Stars: Jo-Anne McArthur, Jonathan Balcombe, Gieri Bolliger
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ignacio Chapela ...
Himself - Narrator / Interviewee, Microbial Ecologist and Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
...
Himself - Chef, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Blue Hill Restaurant
...
Herself - Physicist and Environmental Activist
Daniel Hillel ...
Himself - Retired Professor of Soil Physics and Hydrology and Senior Research Scientist
Elaine Ingham ...
Herself - President and Director of Research, Rodale, 2011; President and Director of Research, Soil Foodweb Inc 1996-2011
Michael Hansen ...
Himself - Senior Scientist with Consumers Union, Publisher of Consumer Reports
Fred Kirschenmann ...
Himself - Farmer, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Penny Livingston-Stark ...
Herself - Co-Director of the Regenerative Design Institute and Co-Manager of the Commonweal Garden Organic Farm, Bolinas, CA
Kate Scow ...
Herself - Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
Warren Weber ...
Himself - Farmer, Star Route Farms, Bolinas, CA
John Williams ...
Himself - Owner and Winemaker, Frog's Leap Winery, Rutherford, CA
Paul Hepperly ...
Himself - Research Director 2002-2009, The Rodale Institute
Oliver Chadwick ...
Himself - Professor of Geography
Charles Benbrook ...
Himself - Chief Scientist of The Organic Center
Jaspal Singh Chattha ...
Himself - Farmer, J & P Organic Farm, India
Edit

Storyline

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Discover the world beneath your feet.


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Skywalker Sound)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Information on our planet and food we all should know
17 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary takes us through the formation, use, and history of soil and makes a compelling case for organic farming and for forgetting technological fixes that ignore the reality of the biology of soils. This is not information that agribusiness wants people to know, since their business model relies on heavy machinery, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive methods.

Most compelling is that many answers to the problems of food production, pollution, environmental degradation, and disease are already here and in use, if only people would listen, become informed, and buy wisely.

I had some idea, but not to the extent shown in the film, of soil's importance. I really had no idea that the solutions to our problems lie well within our grasp if only we can change our ways.

Somewhat explored in the documentary are the ideas that a tremendous amount of inertia lies in current practices, both in terms of government regulation which favors agribusiness, and in terms of perception resulting from public relations campaigns and advertising these multinationals use to preserve their profitable business model.

However, the film does not come off as a political diatribe, but only as the accumulated wisdom of many experts in the field, both academic and working organic farmers. The film serves more as an open-ended exploration of these points of view, tying perceptions into scientific fact and common sense.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Symphony of the Soil (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?