provides a beautiful, emotional and unifying view into the relationship
between the long corporate food chain, the rise of obesity,
non-communicative diseases and early deaths,
the denial of basic human rights,
species extinction, soil and landscape destruction and global warming.
It’s a hard hitting story
told by bakers, farmers, doctors, scientists, health officials and leading experts
on food security, human rights and justice.
THIS GOOD EARTH is a 92 minute film, shot in 2K and 4K, released in high definition 16×9 stereo.
Educationalists will find that the film is a good teaching tool and reference.
It is divided into three 30 minute sections: SOIL, LAND and FOOD.
BA, Modern European History, MA in Design from the University of Michigan and studied at the London School of Film Technique.
Robert Golden has photographed many photo-stories; written/directed over 40 documentaries, 2 award winning feature films and 900 TV commercials.
He has written 3 plays, 40 film scripts, 1 novel, may poems including the published and performed WINDOWS KISS THE SHADOWS OF THE PASSING THIRTY MILLION, and essays about photography, politics and culture. Recently he has been teaching young people about Democracy and about photo/film-storytelling for various EU projects. His novel, A FORGETTABLE MAN, has been re-published and a collection of essays called A ROLE FOR ARTISTS IN TROUBLED TIMES was published in January 2019. He recently finished a ‘lockdown’ filmed opera by Nigel Osborne called Osman and His SNAILS in support of a human rights prisoner which has had more than 15 million views and has just finished THIS GOOD EARTH.
This film is an embrace of knowledge and of the earth, which holds something in common for many who suffer from a sense of loss of home and place. It is an embrace that holds within it, admiration, sweetness and a kind of love that allows us to lose ourselves in the splendour of other people and other living things.
We know what the barbarians are doing day-by-day, because we see the melting poles, the raging fires, the hungry children, the people who have salvaged only their memories from their washed away lives. We know the barbarians are now inside the castle’s keep, and that next the books and films will be burned because they are custodians of all that is fine within humanity, all that instructs, embraces and offers hope, and all that must be erased for the barbarians to increase their wealth and hold on their terrifying power for as long as this earth and we will allow.
This film is about the reality of global warming, impoverished diets and rising hunger, disease and deaths, and also about loving and conversely about insisting that the only way to maintain one’s dignity and humanity is to resist, but also to turn away from their impervious brutal order and to build a new and better alternative.
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