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While it paints a bleak portrait of what to expect in the near future if contemporary farming methods continue, this documentary looks at some of the ways in which we can address this problem, collectively and individually.
Positive Role Models
Scientists, farmers, activists, and celebrities are shown constructively addressing the problems of massive soil erosion throughout the planet, and how "regenerative agriculture" reverses environmental damage and provides sustainable long-term economic growth for those who choose to do so.
Violence & Scariness
Archival WWII war footage.
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"Hell" used once. Mention of human feces being converted into fertilizer for crops and gardens in developing countries.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief shot of beer drinking a a large dinner party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kiss the Ground is a 2020 documentary that addresses our current soil erosion crisis throughout the planet and the benefits of practicing "regenerative agriculture." Narrated by Woody Harrelson, the documentary features extensive interviews with farmers, scientists, activists, celebrities, and regular people as they help to create awareness of regenerative agricultural practices and encourage a "restoration economy" in order not only to address soil erosion, but also to create a long-term sustainable economy that provides work for many, while also beautifying their surroundings. The discussions of the evolution of farming methods, the raw statistics, and the science behind many of the concepts discussed make this best for tweens and older, especially kids interested in pursuing careers centered on protecting the environment. Mention of human feces being converted into fertilizer for crops and gardens in developing countries. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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