qathet film festival 2024
Tues Mar 5 — 1:30 pm
Common Ground is a compelling documentary that sheds light on biodiversity, and the growing Regenerative Agriculture movement. A follow-up to the acclaimed Kiss the Ground, the film is a star-studded and visually appealing film that also packs in an abundance of information making sure we understand how the combination of genetically modified crops, toxic pesticides, and a turn away from more natural farming methods have all worked together to destroy the vital carbon content of soil.
By fusing journalistic exposé with deeply personal stories from those on the front lines of the food movement, Common Ground unveils a dark web of money, power, and politics behind our broken food system. The film reveals how unjust practices forged our current farm system in which farmers of all colors are literally dying to feed us. The film profiles a hopeful and uplifting movement of white, black, and indigenous farmers who are using alternative “regenerative” models of agriculture that could balance the climate, save our health, and stabilize America’s economy — before it’s too late.
This film’s central theme is “If the soil dies, we die.” That’s a little dramatic, but this detailed documentary by Directors Rebecca Harrell Tickell and Josh Tickell shows why. It’s all about regenerative farming, and why it should be the standard, not only to produce safer, healthier food, but how it could even help slow climate change. It is the goal of Regenerative farmers to help bring soil health across the continent and beyond, to grow and foster this ever-growing regenerative movement. It is certainly food for thought, and it will move viewers on an emotional level and will spark meaningful conversations afterward on how we can make a difference for the betterment of our planet for the children and our future generations.
Director Robert Doucet
English, Canada, 1978
Life in Canada is reflected by people’s comments on trees, as a tree undergoes seasonal changes in this NFB animation.