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From the Soil to the Sky: Thoughts on “Symphony of the Soil”

The soil, the raw Earth, the meat of our world that lays atop the bones… here is the vitality that underlays all life.

I recently watched the documentary “The Symphony of Soil,” which I will further embed below because it so impressed on me once again the importance – and the mystifying complexity – of the ground beneath our feet.

Soils are formed in a hundred different ways, all with their own chemical composition, and all with their own life. One facet of our massively complicated global ecosystem, each tiny portion so intimately vital to the other. Mycelial networks stretching hundreds of miles, bumping into other networks, forming this intricate dance like a natural Internet, the first Internet, transmitting details of weather patterns and other ecological “news” all through their spread. It is an overwhelming idea, a transcendent, beautiful idea –

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Fallout from Fukushima: The Radioactive Exclusion Zone

In March of 2011 a massive earthquake rocked Japan. The prefecture of Fukushima saw heavy damage from the quake which was immediately followed by a tsunami. The tsunami caused massive damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant causing radioactive clouds and spillage.

Radiation swept over the area forcing evacuations. To this day many of the areas remained closed and many residents have given up on the hope of returning home.

Tim Pool takes an inside look into the devastation of the region and learned what life is like following a disastrous event, in this case radioactive fallout rendering a region uninhabitable.

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Cobra Gypsies [Documentary]

Documentary filmmaker, Raphael Treza, goes on an adventure with Indian gypsies in his newest film.


Filmmaker Raphael Treza traveled to northern India and lived among an ancient tribe known as the Kalbeliya for three months. Cobra Gypsies is the vibrant and enlightening document of that journey. The Kalbeliyas are a highly spirited people; ebullient in their celebration of life and colorful custom. Although many of them have never before met a foreigner prior to Treza’s arrival at their camps, the tribes-people seem unguarded in their enthusiasms to share their culture.

The tribe is shown in comfort with the oftentimes inhospitable environment which surrounds them. In the midst of bee swarms and venomous lizards, they search for one of the most dominant symbols of their tribe – the cobra. In one particularly illuminating segment of the film, Treza is taken on an excursion to hunt the cobras, which are widespread inhabitants of the region.

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LARPing Saved My Life

LARPing, or live-action roleplaying, is a game in which people create characters and act out storylines within fictional worlds, in real time, in costume. Vice goes LARPing to meet Jon Gallagher, a LARPer with Asperger’s syndrome, and see how LARPing helps him make friends, learn social skills, get a job, and in many ways, saves his life.

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Michael Moore: Where to Invade Next?

Michael Moore's new doc, Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore’s new doc, Where to Invade Next

The title of Moore’s new doc is somewhat misleading, though its message is ultimately one of hope: he “invades” other countries to see what they are doing right, and then speculates on how the US might go about adopting and adapting some of these ideas.

Via Vulture:

The movie’s title suggests a condemnation of America’s military-industrial complex, but it’s just a clever bit of sensational misdirection. Moore brought WTIN to the Toronto Film Festival without a distributor on purpose to avoid prying eyes, and has been vigilant about keeping the contents of the movie secret from both the public and the many studio heads and buyers in attendance.

The clap-umentary (as in, you clap when Moore makes a point you agree with, which in this audience was often) turns out to be the story of Moore’s army of one “invading,” as he says, “countries populated by Caucasians, with names I can mostly pronounce,” in an optimistic exploration of how they treat their citizens well and what we can learn from them.

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One Day In Auschwitz

“One Day In Auschwitz” follows 89-year-old Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon’s poignant return to the former Nazi death camp where she was sent 70 years earlier, with her mother, at the age of 16. Making the journey with two teenage girls, Hart-Moxon recounts the ever-present threat of death, and the resilience, friendship and human strength that allowed her to survive one day at a time, against the odds.

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