Saturday, January 22, 2011

DIRT, The Movie; Screening at Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School

When: Thursday, February 17, 6 PM

Where: Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, 170 Derby Avenue, New Haven

(Corner of Ella Grasso Blvd. and Derby Ave.)

Bring a snack or dessert to share!!

We’ll have a discussion after the movie.

About the Movie:
DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, "dirt is very much alive." Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. "Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt."

DIRT! The Movie--narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis--brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! The Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: "When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked." But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT! The Movie is a call to action.

"The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again."

What we've destroyed, we can heal.

Information or Questions:
Contact: Kel Youngs- 203 691 3534 or Maria

• Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School

• West River Neighborhood Services Corporation

• New Haven Bioregional/Transition Group


• CitySeed

• New Haven Land Trust

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