MESYM #1 Documentary Night: Dirt! Review!

We Are Happy! 😉 Around 20 people attended our first documentary night, not too big, not too small, just the right scale we are looking for. Dirt! is indeed a good documentary film, from introducing us the significant information on the daily thing we often ignore, ending with telling us how our growth has been exploiting dirt, and how great things are happening around the globe to restore “dirt”.


Unless you are a farmer or an active gardener, you may never have given much thought to our planet’s skin. It’s disturbing but to notice how much we, especially urban living individuals have been ignoring the implication of dirt and with the perception of its dirtiness and infectious foreign object.. while it’s a paradox that our religions and ultimately what we depend on is Dirt. You can read more on the plot of the Documentary at HERE

Some Good Quotes

Since the beginning of time, of all the planets in all the galaxies in the known universe, only one has a living, breathing skin called dirt. — Dirt! The Movie

We think that diamonds are very important, gold is very important — all these minerals are very important. We call them “precious” minerals, but they are all forms of the soil. But that part of this mineral that is on top, like it is the skin of the earth, that is the most precious…. — Wangari Maathai

Our wealth is imaginary. It comes from soil. — Janine Benyus

If we don’t take care of the soil, which is just the first five centimeters of life that is on the earth, our future is totally condemned. — Miguel Altieri

We take the soil for granted because it’s there, it’s everywhere, except when all of it is taken by the wind or by the running water. And then you are left with bare rock, and you realize you can’t do much with bare rock. — Wangari Maathai

The process that turns garbage into a garden is central to our survival. We depend on dirt to purify and heal the systems that sustain us. — Peter Girguis

The Humming Bird

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

I think one of the most empowering quote or illustration in this documentary is when Margaret talks about the becoming of a humming bird, where we can contribute what we could, even though amid of skeptics from others saying that individual effort wouldn’t mean much. It’s called the collective effort, and it’s not only the matter of how much the carbon footprint a person can save, but it’s the matter of spreading the inspiration to others, and making them move along with you. On top of that, i always think that it’s the greatest self denial one person can be, when he doesn’t act upon what he believes or been exposed to.

We are glad that the documentary night was accompanied by a few significant grass root individuals as well, which are doing significant things with ‘dirts’ 😉 Miriam from TTDI edible project shares her experience of mobilizing like minded people to start a farming project in TTDI, and also what are the challenges faced, such as authority approval etc..  Till then! See you in the next Documentary Night! HOME! 

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