Symphony of the Soil

Symphony of the Soil Official DVD
“Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet.”
– New York Times *Critics Pick

“This film raises the bar. It makes you care about our Earth’s precious skin, so rare among planets.”
– Washington Post

“True to its title, the film really makes a symphony of soil…”
– Civil Eats, Sally Neas

Symphony of the Soil in English with subtitle options: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese. 104 minutes


  • DVD – $20/DVD + shipping/handling
  • BluRay – $30/BluRay + shipping/handling

Home Use Discs are for individuals screening in living room setting.* Please select DVD or BluRay and your broadcast standard below (if you are unsure of your broadcast standard, find out here before ordering).

NTSC DVD(Generally: Americas – i.e. United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America*, and South Korea, taiwan, Japan, the Philippines) *please see exceptions to South America

PAL  DVD (Generally: Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Oceania)

BLURAY (only available in NTSC)

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  • ($200/DVD +shipping/handling)

For libraries (public/private/school). (DVD English NTSC or English PAL)

Video Format


A Public Screening license is necessary if you are interested in showing the film, or any part of the film, in a public setting (In general, ‘public screenings’ are considered anything outside of a living room setting). If you are interested in hosting a public screening of Symphony of the Soil, please visit the Public Screening page.


Please choose level:

  • Schools/Community Colleges –  Level 1 $200
  • Universities/Government/Non-Profit – Level 2 $300

Type of Organization

*Educational Collections comes with: Symphony of the Soil DVD with Educational Resources on DVD ROM, DVDs of Sonatas of the Soil Volume I and Volume II. (English NTSC)


Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Winner of the Merit Award for Scientific Information 2012 Montana CINE International Film Festival
Winner Best in Festival of the Life Sciences Film Festival 2012 Czech University of Life Sciences
Winner of the Food Award  2013 Cinema Verde Film Festival

(for a more comprehensive list, please see past screenings list)

United Nations, New York, NY, December 2014
World Soil Day as part of the International Year of the Soils launch
Deborah Koons Garcia and Dr. Igancio Chapela in attendance

20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju, Korea – June 2014
Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Good Food Film Festival, Chicago, IL – March 2014 Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Cananda – March 2014 Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Making Brooklyn Bloom, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn, NY- March 2014 Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Garden Club of America National Affairs and Legislation Committee, Washington, DC – February 2014
Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Museum of Science, Boston, MA – January 2014 Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Austin Film Society’s Doc Nights, Machesa Theater, Austin, TX – January 2014 Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

14th Annual Wise Traditions Conference, Atlanta, GA – November 2013
Presented by Weston A. Price Foundation

Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA – October 2013
Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Jacob Burns Nature Series, Opening Night, Pleasantville, NY – September 2013 Deborah Koons Garcia, Chef Dan Barber in attendance

Threefold Café, Chesterville, NY – September 2013 Presented by the Hungry Hollow Coop
Deborah Koons Garcia, Dr. Michael Hansen, Jane Gussow in attendance

American Community Gardening Association Conference, Seattle, WA – August, 2013

Sponsored by the ACGA and the University of Washington

Justice Begins With Seeds Conference, Seattle, WA – August, 2013
Part of the he GMO Awareness Week Film Series, presented by Biosafety Alliance

IFC Center, New York, NY – July, 2013

New York City premiere with Deborah Koons Garcia, Dr. Ignacio Chapela, Dr. Michael Hansen

Fargo Theatre, Fargo, ND – June, 2013

Sponsored by FARRMS Deborah Koons Garcia and Fred Kirschenmann in attendance

International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Olomouc, Czech Republic – April 2013
As part of Academia Film Olomouc

MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Spring Valley, WI – February, 2013

Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Princeton, NJ – February, 2013 Ecofarm Conference, Pacifica, CA – January, 2013

Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Tri-Society Conference and Meeting, Cincinnati, OH – October, 2012

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, with Deborah Koons Garcia, Kate Scow and Daniel Hillel in attendance

SXSW Eco, Austin, TX – October, 2012

Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Soil Association at the Curzon Theatre, London, United Kingdom – May, 2012
UK premiere in London, sponsored by the Soil Association with Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance.

Iowa State University, Ames, IA – March, 2012
Sponsored by the Leopold Institute with Deborah Koons Garcia and Fred Kirschenmann in attendance.

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC – March, 2012
Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Hans Jenny Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley – May, 2010
A special work-in-progress version of the film was shown as the Hans Jenny Memorial Lecture at UC Berkeley. Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance

Yale University, Hartford, CT – February, 2010

A special work-in-progress version of the film was shown at Yale University. Deborah Koons Garcia in attendance