Although not quite as visually interesting as people having sex with bicycles, Dirt! is cool too.
Host: UO Student Sustainability Coalition
When: February 11, 2010
Where: UO Lilis 182
Online: Facebook Event Page
DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene
Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of
Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its
miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.
The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made
from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, "dirt is
very much alive." Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both
profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil
has been disrupted. "Drought, climate change, even war are all directly
related to the way we are treating dirt."
DIRT! the Movie--narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis--brings to life the
environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It
shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are
able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually
beneficial relationship with soil.
DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our
notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: "When humans arrived 2
million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on,
the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked." But more than the
film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.