Filmed across four continents the film explores the importance and unknown facts about soil as leading soil scientists, farmers, and activist share their knowledge to provide a broad picture of the issues surrounding the precious resource beneath our feet.
Deborah Koons Garcia’s film focuses on soil as a miraculous and transformative substance, which, with the right care and research, could help solve some of humanity’s biggest environmental concerns including climate change, dead zones, water scarcity and world hunger.
The filmmaker also points to the indifference shown towards the subject, and how it is a resource often taken for granted and ignored. She combines these serious concerns with a skillful mix of art and science in which soil is revealed to be
a living organism, and the foundation of life on earth.
Symphony of the Soil premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at the Environmental Film
Festival in the Nation’s Capital in 2012. This powerful film received an award from The
Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, the Merit Award
for Scientific Information from the Montana CINE International
Film Festival, and the Cinema Verde Film Festival Food Award. In
January 2013, Deborah Koons Garcia received the John de Graaf
Environmental Filmmaking Award at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
Best known for the documentary The Future of Food, on genetically engineered crops and the corporate control of food, the documentarian continues to create films that tackle pressing issues that affect human’s relationship with the environment and that will define the survival of future generations.
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