Facets Film Dialogue with Producer/Director Deborah Koons Garcia
In the years since her 2004 success, The Future of Food,...an almost numbing parade of documentaries about the failure of modern farming has emerged. But this film raises the bar. It makes you care about our Earth's precious skin, so rare among planets" Washington Post
Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance known as 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. This film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, as well as the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.
In the last 25 years, the biology of soil all over the world has been interrupted by antibiotics, herbicides and pesticides. Whereas soil used to be full of lively diverse microbes, in most places this is no longer the case and the world's topsoil has been destroyed. In order to rectify this situation, synthetic fertilizers are used to enrich the degraded soil, which only puts further stress on the soil and increases its vulnerability to pests. This causes farmers to use more pesticides, stronger pesticides and stronger herbicides, and as a result, one-third of the world's arable land has been lost to erosion.
Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world's most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, Symphony of the Soil portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story, brilliantly demonstrating that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, from climate change to feeding an ever increasing world population. As stated by the director, Deborah Koons Garcia (The Future of Food), "There's always something else. This is great for pesticide companies," Garcia said. "If you have healthy, alive soil, you don't need chemicals. Healthy soil exudes protection from bad guys... As long as the soil remains healthy, the planet will be healthy."
Directed by Deborah Koons Garcia, 2012, U.S.A., 104 mins.
Facets Film Dialogue
Producer/Director Deborah Koons Garcia will be here in person for a Q&A
after all screenings on Fri.Sun, Oct. 46.