21 February 2010

DIRT! The Movie

"Dirt! The Movie", produced by Independent Lens is nothing short of remarkable in its scope and approach.

Inspired by "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth" by William Bryant Logan, the one-hour PBS documentary will be an eye opening and inspiring watch for millions of Americans. Here's a link to the YouTube trailer.


There is a list of community showings and a discussion guide so you can help people in your community become active. This is the discussion pdf link. Pages 7, 8 and 9, of the pdf provide references and plenty of links you can use to keep the conversation going.


The history of soil and its importance to animal life is demonstrated from the beginning of time to the present. The role we can each play to maintain and improve the health of our life-giving soil is illustrated in interviews with activists around the world.

It's unfortunate that there are a few portions in this otherwise well-rounded production that are inappropriate for young viewers.


For example, the suicide of 200,000 farmers around the world and video of bodies being dumped into common graves are included. They are in sharp contrast to the informative, sometimes animated, remainder of the film.


Here's a link to the PBS site for Dirt! The Movie. It will show on PBS April 20 so there is plenty of time to get your TiVo or DVR set to record it.

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