Soil documentary screened Jan. 5

The film “Symphony of the Soil” will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma.

“Symphony of the Soil” is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of the planetary story.

Using a mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, the audience can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of the most pressing environmental problems.

In addition to the feature film, there are several short films, “Sonatas of the Soil,” that delve deeply into soil-related topics, and several short clips, Grace Notes, that are available to stream on the film’s website.

“Symphony of the Soil” has been well received by audiences and critics alike.

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