Jaspal Singh Chatta with compost in a scene from "Symphony of the Soil" (Courtesy of Lily Films)
Jaspal Singh Chatta with compost in a scene from “Symphony of the Soil” (Courtesy of Lily Films)

Do you think of soil as just “dirt”? Does it sound like a boring thing to learn about for 104 minutes? Well, think again. The soil beneath our feet is a much more important player in our larger story than you ever imagined.

The documentary, “Symphony of the Soil,” tells you all about that, thanks to filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia. It opened at Quad Cinemas in New York City on Oct. 11, 2013, and will play Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles starting Nov. 8. Watch for word that it’s coming to your city.

The film was shot on four continents and gets the skinny from the people in the know – soil scientists, farmers, and activists. It shows how treating our planet’s soil with more reverence and understanding can help the environment in important ways.

“Symphony of the Soil” has already won awards, including the Merit Award for Scientific Information from the Montana CINE International Film Festival and the Cinema Verde Film Festival Food Award. In January 2013, Garcia received the John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

The video below is an interview with filmmaker Garcia. She says that it’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve all the time in the soil because it’s so full of life.



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