“Dirt! The Movie” Review
Watching this movie has made me realize just how much we, as humans, need dirt. Though the word ‘dirt’ usually means earth that is in the wrong place, it is used interchangeably with the word ‘soil’ in this movie. A few of the things that I found interesting in this documentary-movie are that dirt is alive in a similar way that humans and animals are alive, the cultivation of plants by getting one’s hands dirty can make so many people happier and healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally/spiritually, and that there are many ways that we can promote healthy soil.
I have always known that we, mankind, were created by God from the dust of the earth, and that to the earth we return when we die. However, though I had known this, I had never really thought that dirt is alive. The minerals, microorganisms, and nutrients that are found in soil are the same ingredients that humans, animals, and plants are made of. All living things rely on the soils of the earth. “Dirt is the matrix of life, without it we die. Yet, we are systematically destroying our soil using with pesticides, fertilizers, mountain-top strip mining, asphalt and too many other ways to mention... Can we grow enough food to feed all 8 billion of us if we run out of healthy land?” This question, posed anonymously in a review online, is very thought-provoking. We are forever connected to dirt, whether we like it or not.
One part of this movie talked about how several schools within intercity districts busted the concrete in order to reveal the dirt below. They then raised their own gardens, allowing the children to cultivate, play in, and provide for the dirt. Teachers reported that the children were more cooperative, rather than aggressive, with each other when they planted greenery together. This is true also for the prison-inmates who are given the opportunity to work in gardens as their community service. It is therapeutic for them. One woman was tearing up as she talked...