It’s time to get dirty.
From its depths spring gems and precious metals, but our soil is the most underrated and precious mineral of all. We played in it as children; we wet it, wore it, and sometimes … we ate it — much to the chagrin of our parents. We kick it around, walk on it daily, and it really doesn’t get the respect it deserves. That is, until now.
We know how important water is to our survival. We constantly see movies and documentaries about it , including the new release “Oceans” . But what about the ever-changing stuff under our feet? This intrinsic part of nature, almost the opposite of water, is also complimentary to it and is just as important to our survival.
Welcome to the story of “Dirt!“
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to celebrate the earth itself? People have always been intrigued and mystified by space; we’ve been awed and immersed in the vast bodies of water that surround us; but, how often do we explore our relationship with dirt? How well do we understand just how important it is to our species?
When I first heard about the movie,”Dirt!”, I was intrigued. Who would make a movie about dirt, and why? I thought about it and it began to make sense; and then I read the site for the movie , and knew I was on the right track. Simply put — dirt is not only important, but it’s necessary for survival.
Dirt may seem boring, but try to imagine life without it. There would be no Earth Day to celebrate, because there would be no earth. We take dirt for granted because of its seemingly endless supply, but the truth is dark when it comes to dirt. From everything to pollution and wars, the movie “Dirt!” explores the abuses suffered by dirt, and how those abuses can have far-reaching destructive consequences for humans … and all living organisms.
Imagine not being able to grow food; imagine no natural barriers from the seas, not being able to build homes, no natural filtration systems, no natural habitat for million of animals and other organisms. That would be just the beginning of life without dirt; the fact is, without dirt there would be no life.
Watch. Learn. Do.
But the movie is not just a macabre look at the abuses we pile on dirt; it is also an educational look at all the good things dirt does for us, and lets us know why it’s so important to treat this resource as kindly as we try to treat our air and water. More than just a favorite plaything of children, more than just another reason for mommy to fuss, dirt gives us life. From fancy facials to mud huts, dirt is one element we all share, and just one part of the endless connections of all these elements — air, water, and finally dirt — another tenuous strand in the human element, the most important of all.
Directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, “Dirt!” is narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, and stars a cast of professors, authors, researchers, farmers, activists, scientists, and of course — the organisms who call dirt their home. Using facts, humor, and amazing cinematography to make its point, “Dirt!” will draw you in and make you wonder how you ever overlooked that gritty stuff beneath your feet.
This documentary will leave you ready to – as the movie site states – ” … roll up your sleeves for action and Get Dirty!”
Dirt supports complex systems and ensures our complex life –now it’s time for us to support “Dirt!”.
“Dirt!” on IMDB
Movie Trailer for “Dirt!”
“Dirt!” the movie was shown at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on PBS this year in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd ).
Check PBS for future airings, and go to the “Dirt!” movie site for more information. You can also check the site for show times at a film festival or screening near you.
Dirt, thy name is no longer mud!