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Dirt! The Movie
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this film during Docuweeks in Los Angeles about a year ago. It inspired me beyond words, into action.

I found this film to have a broad range of views on varying topics having to do with dirt: natural building, tree planting, edible schoolyards (and after watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, I am convinced that EVERY school needs a garden program!), mountaintop removal, mycology, energy, food, water, farming, composting, gardening....

I have since seen this film NUMEROUS times and I highly recommend it. While it does touch on some serious topics, it is not a heavy documentary that requires a barf bag (thanks, Cove) or a prescription for Lexapro. It is informative, general, entertaining and inspiring. AND it has a great soundtrack from KCRW's highly acclaimed Tom Schnabel.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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The movie is adapted from Bill Logan's essays collected under the title "Dirt: the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth." In three parts, it explains the miraculous nature of soil, illustrates humanity's mismanagement of soil, and shows some hopeful approaches to better management. The talking heads are varied and interesting, and the photography wonderful. I found the coverage of soil mismanagement a little difficult to follow, even though it's not new to me. I'm planning to show my copy to a youth group at our church and will have to pause it there and explain things. By the end the movie gets a little redundant but the cumulative impact is very good.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2010
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Dirt! The movie takes a look at the importance of dirt in sustaining human life. In this era where we think a lot about water, it is good to also be looking at our impact on dirt.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this film during Docuweeks in Los Angeles about a year ago. It inspired me beyond words, into action.

I found this film to have a broad range of views on varying topics having to do with dirt: natural building, tree planting, edible schoolyards (and after watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, I am convinced that EVERY school needs a garden program!), mountaintop removal, mycology, energy, food, water, farming, composting, gardening....

I have since seen this film NUMEROUS times and I highly recommend it. While it does touch on some serious topics, it is not a heavy documentary that requires a barf bag (thanks, Cove) or a prescription for Lexapro. It is informative, general, entertaining and inspiring. AND it has a great soundtrack from KCRW's highly acclaimed Tom Schnabel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I love gardening and the first thing that I learned was the importance of dirt, a happy and healthy dirt full of nutrients which brings joy to a happy garden and a healthy soil, especially when I have to spend time to cut all the green vegetables for every single meal that I consume. Roots in soil hold three times more carbon monoxide than the green above the soil, clean the air and give us food and beautiful nature. Without dirt there is no life on this planet, neither for us or the bugs or the animals and this documentary covers the importance of dirt. Bravo, bravo, bravo.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2011
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This is one of my all time favorite documentaries, it is uplifting, beautiful, informative and moving. I have to confess that I cried at some point, but they were tears of appreciation and love for our beautiful Earth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
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This film is truly a gem. It is an eye opener, a manifesto of love for our planet, a call to reconnect with dirt and where we come from.

Highly, highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
Format: DVD
Note: this review was originally written for PRISM Magazine, published by Evangelicals for Social Action, and appears in the July/August 2011 issue.

There are all sorts of things you and I take for granted every day of our lives, but few are as basic or fundamental to our very existence as dirt. This is the basic premise of DIRT! The Movie, an 80-minute documentary film exploring the profound impact of soil on every sphere of society.

The film is narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis and features interviews with an Indian environmental activist, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a wine connoisseur, an Austrian-born physicist, a professor of agroecology, and an array of others, all offering their unique perspectives on the irreplaceable significance of dirt in our lives.

To Christians, this should come as no surprise. In the second chapter of Genesis we read, "God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive--a living soul!" (The Message); indeed, even the name Adam means "dust." Yet too often we consider this mere poetry, thinking of dirt and dust more as nuisances to be avoided rather than the elemental sources of life our Creator God intended them to be.

Given the long-standing indifference and neglect dirt has endured in the public mind, one might expect a documentary of this sort to be, well, dry. It's anything but. While the interviewees have impressive credentials on their own merits, the creators of the film went to great lengths -- at times rather goofily so -- to make the film accessible and interesting.

If DIRT! The Movie makes one core contribution to the environmental conversation, it is in highlighting the symbiotic relationship between people and the land. In doing so, it makes clear that for better or worse, even the smallest of actions on this finite planet have cosmic consequences.

"The earth is the Lord's," says the Psalmist, "and everything in it." Meditating on the truth of those words, with the arguments of DIRT! in mind, may help us as stewards to cultivate and value dirt for what it is, rather than treading it underfoot.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2010
Format: DVD
I understand that dirt is at the heart of all that we are. I thought I was too well informed to learn much from a "dirtumentary" but I was wrong. This little movie should be required as a part of every school's ciriculum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This movie is a fantastic movie that describes all aspects of soil and somehow makes the viewer have emotions for the very thing that we trample on, on a daily basis.
I am currently a freshmen at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and I watched this in my Soil Science Lab as an introduction to the class. I am studying Environmental Sciences with a focus on Ecosystem Restorations. This movie has taken all of the Environmental Sciences classes that I have taken and showed that the connection between them all is the soil. From catastrophic natural disasters to wars all across the world, the problem is that the soil has been degraded and is not functioning to its full potential. If you are looking for an introduction to Environmental Sciences this movie is an accurate and entertaining method to do it.
Besides just educating the viewers the movie calls them to action, to right the wrongs that the human race as done to the soil and therefore the environment in general. In the movie there is a short parable about a forest that is a fire and the animals are in shock. The animals can do nothing but watch their whole world go up in flames. One animal decides that it can’t just sit by and watch the whole forest burn, the hummingbird. By itself the hummingbird carries water back and forth from the stream to the fire trying to put out the fire. The other animals criticize it saying that she is one bird and her actions so small .The humming bird responded, “I am doing all that I can.” The movie call the viewer to be the humming bird. The environmental problems that we face are huge and our world is going up in flames, (metaphorically at the moment but who’s to say about the future) but if we all did all that we could with 7.1 billion people on this planet our actions would add up and make a change for the better.
As a passionate Environmental Sciences student I would highly recommend everyone to watch this movie and hope that you will answer the call to Be the Hummingbird!!
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