Welcome to our very first official Free Saturday Night Movie! You bring the refreshments, we’ll bring the entertainment.

I’ve previously blogged about my love of dirt from childhood on, and now there’s a whole movie dedicated to it. But this is about more than the joy of feeling the earth on our hands and between our toes. It’s about the significance of dirt for the survival of life on earth.

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Greenbelt Movement, tells us that dirt is the skin of the earth. If we destroy this living skin we are destined to destroy ourselves. Entomologist Miguel Altieri agrees, as do all of the participants in this wonderful documentary.

They include Fritjof Capra, physicist; Vandana Shiva, philosopher, environmentalist, author, physicist; organic growers, Bob Cannard & Eliot Coleman; photographer Sabastiano Salgado & his wife Letta who created a forest; Marjora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx; Jeremy Narby, anthropologist, author, and many more.

The movie reveals sad truths about our ignorant human abuse of the very soil that sustains us. But as the movie progresses we see examples of ever-expanding hope, such as New York City’s Rikers Island greenhouse program for prisoners, young people creating organic farms, the Tree People group teaching kids about the cycles of nature, individuals engaged in composting, and there’s lots more of all that, too.

Ultimately, “Dirt!” is an entertaining feel-good movie, imbuing us with the belief that we humans do have the power to re-establish a loving relationship with nature.

Delightful animations by Suspicious Productions are peppered throughout. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Based on the book “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth” by William Bryant Logan.

Five stars aren’t enough! Enjoy!

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