Kiss the Ground

2020 Official Selection: Features

FEATURE | United States, France, China, Uganda, Zimbabwe | 85 MINUTES | English, French | English subtitles


Documentary, Environmental

About two-thirds of the world's soil is desertifying, and the remaining topsoil will be gone within 60 years. Pesticides rebranded for farms from toxic chemicals developed by German scientist Fritz Haber, who also developed the poisons used in the gas chambers of the Holocaust, have been turning the world’s soil into dirt for decades, leading to poverty and global warming. There is hope, however, with “regenerative agriculture,” which could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell examine the eye-opening history of soil narrated by three-time Academy Award® nominee and environmental activist Woody Harrelson. Including historical context about the Dust Bowl—the largest man-made environmental disaster—the film follows modern-day conservationists such as Ray Archuleta, who teaches farmers regenerative agriculture, and French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll, who introduced the “4 per 1,000” Initiative, which 30 countries signed except for the US, China, and India. Kiss the Ground takes us around the world, showing a global movement to regenerate the world’s soil. A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together, including Academy Award® winner Patricia Arquette, who teaches villagers in Haiti thermophilic composting; quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel and activist wife Gisele Bündchen; author of The Soil Will Save Us Kristin Ohlson; vegan and CEO of soap maker Dr. Bronner’s, David Bronner; and ecologist and filmmaker John D. Liu, who is helping regenerate 14,000 square miles of land in the most eroded place on earth.—Judd Taylor

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Fri June 11 - 8:00 PM
Rockaway Beach 30th St Playground

Bring your own blankets or chairs to relax in our socially distanced pods!

Screenings will be held at the athletic field near Beach 30st. Playground. Line will be formed along B32nd Street. Parking is available along B32nd street at the site-location.

The following items and actions are prohibited from the park: alcohol, audio recording devices, bicycles or scooters, chains or chain wallets, cameras larger than point-and-shoot (if you can remove the lens, don’t bring it), drones, fireworks, flags, Frisbees, illegal drugs or paraphernalia, laser pens or similar focused light, lighters, matches, musical instruments, pets or animals, selfie sticks, skateboards, vapes, smoking devices, sports balls, tents, tripods, umbrellas, unlicensed vending of any kind, weapons, video recording equipment, water squirt guns.

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Directed by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Tickell

Josh and Rebecca Tickell are a multi-award-winning filmmaking couple who specialize in films with environmental themes including Fuel, The Big Fix, Pump, and Good Fortune. In 2020 they will release three films: Kiss The Ground (Woody Harrelson), The Revolution Generation (Michelle Rodriguez), and their debut scripted film, Heartland.

Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell
Rebecca Tickell, Josh Tickell, Bill Benenson, Darius Fisher
Johnny Ohara, Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell
Simon Balderas
Ryan A. Nichols, Anthony Ellison, Sean Keenan, Moment Lu, Darius Fisher
Ryan Demaree
Executive Producer
Gisele Bundchen, Ian Somerhalder, Julian Lennon, John Paul DeJoria, Laurie Benenson, Craig McCaw
Associate Producer
Paul Cohen, Gunnar Lovelace, Finian Makepeace, Bill & Eliza Moses, Grace Moore
John Roulac, Amy Smart, Susan Rockefeller, Ryland Engelhart, Alexa Coughlin
Woody Harrelson, Ian Somerhalder, Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Gisele Bundchen


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