Searing heat? Torrential rain? Hailstones the size of peaches? Flooding of roads, fields and houses? The arrival of swarms of grasshoppers? Mosquitoes that become ever more numerous and aggressive? … We could go on for a long time about the problems experienced over the past few weeks. Sometimes it is hard to remember that all of this springs from our poor soil management. So let’s stop for a moment and try to think. Even better, let’s relax by watching Symphony of the Soil, a superb film that covers everything about the soil from its creation to its use. Lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes, the film is in English but can be understood even by those with little grasp of the language thanks to the soundtrack. It is the fruit of collaboration by dozens of scholars and researchers, but it differs from existing films thanks to its high artistic quality. The soil is the main character and its story shows us the elaborate relationships between it and water, the atmosphere, plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria.
The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on the soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights the possibility of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.
The film’s orchestral score is superb, and the film deserves to be watched on that account alone. Indeed, the music creates a feeling of serenity and balance that is unusual in nature films, conveying the essential part played by the soil in supporting life on earth.