Grounded is a two-day film festival in Berlin that brings together some of the most vivid, compelling films about soil from around the world. The works of ten filmmakers highlight the diversity of personal, cultural, historical, scientific and environmental meanings of the soil.
The program of narrative, experimental and documentary films evokes our awareness of soil in the environment and in society, from soil as medium for food production to soil as habitat for diverse life systems.
Grounded is a public highlight of the first Global Soil Week, an event and forum of exchange and dialogue for actors from science, government, business and civil society, taking place from November 18th to 22nd in Berlin. It aims to translate experience and expertise into a plan of action for sustainably managing and governing soil as a global resource.
All films will be shown in English
Entrance is free to the public.
SUNDAY, November 18th
12:00 to 16:00
Underground Universe: Soil as Dynamic Ecosystem
Sunday’s film program presents soil as a diverse living resource teeming with millions of tiny creatures that support the diverse habitats of the earth as well as the food we grow for our existence.
The films reveal to us how the precious ecosystem beneath our feet is threatened by over-development, climate change, and poor land management.
WEDNESDAY, November 21nd
12:00 to 18:00
Agriculture Matters I: From Plow to Grain
Desertification: From Fertility to Futility
Agriculture Matters II: From Forest to Field
Wednesday’s film program takes a detailed look at agricultural politics, practice and management problems around the world. Agriculture Matters I looks at U.S. American agricultural history, from the dust storms of the 1930s that led to soil protection legislation and erosion protection policy to the rise of subsidized corn and industrial agriculture to new movements and new faces of organic farming.
The second block, Desertification, highlights three case studies in central Asia, Africa, and the American West to address the threats of climate change, water shortages, land management, and over development due to population growth. Agriculture Matters II investigates alternatives to slash and burn agriculture, concluding with a short discussion to bring the festival to a close.
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