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Kiss the Ground

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thoughtful docu addresses solutions to soil erosion crisis.

Movie NR 2020 84 minutes
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Kiss the Ground strikes a fine balance between hope and despair, with hope winning out. The dire facts of planetary soil erosion are laid bare, and the likely ramifications of what will happen if current trends continue is confronted head-on. It's a difficult, but not impossible fix, and through interviews and discussion with scientists, farmers, community activists, and celebrities, solutions great and small are presented. The documentary makes compelling arguments for implementing the practices of "regenerative agriculture" and how it leads to not only a healthier and more vibrant planet, but also provides ample economic benefit.

A lot of (no pun intended) ground is covered in this documentary, giving the viewer plenty to think about, even if the documentary at times focuses on celebrities. While there's really no reason to have Jason Mraz singing an original number that extols the virtues of diversifying your garden, and the presence of Woody Harrelson often seems superfluous, Kiss the Ground also shows activists who aren't celebrities who are devoting their lives to solving these problems. It's a thoughtful documentary that clearly shows what good can be done, collectively and individually, if we have the will to make it happen.

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