The Real Dirt on Farmer John
It ain't easy being green
Official film description...
The award-winning true story of third-generation American farmer John Peterson's hero's journey of success, tribulation, failure and rebirth. Peterson is a true American original. His story parallels that of the family farm in 20th Century America. What makes The Real Dirt on Farmer John so special is the fact that John Peterson is not only a farmer….he's an artist, too.
Notes on the film...
The movie is an enriching supplement to FOOD INC.. FOOD INC. triggers a feeling of faint towards the major corporations and lobbies, but FARMER JOHN indicates the possibility of establishing a sustainable system – even beside this Goliath – and end the waste of resources.
Even since FARMER JOHN is more likely structured biographically, the movie is also suitable for families with children. Furthermore it can be showed from highschool to college – for example even for the religion classes – and used from sophisticated multiplicators.
Rating from our film jury...
An emotionally inspiring and witty movie with a high level of entertainment that indicates a very human perspective.
The greatest strength of the movie in terms of content lies in the communication of a positive example: Farmer John shows in a beautiful and subtle way that a community is more than the sum of its individuals. The movie is rather a biography than an environmental documentation and therefore the objective communication of knowledge, facts and connections is not the goal.
In return FARMER JOHN appears absolutely touching and inspiring. The love of nature and soil is well communicated. The movie shows that even hard work can follow the pleasure principle and that arts and fun is possible on the farm. A return to its spiritual roots is showed to find luck and fulfillment apart the consumer society.
FARMER JOHN ist logically constructed, especially in the second part it is exciting, with qualitative and contentual good chosen pictures and scenes. Cut and soundtrack are good, cinematography moderate.
„Once lyrically, once melancholy, once sad, once funny, always entertaining. It‘s a small, delicate, wonderful movie about small town America, an America apart from war and Bush and Cheney.“ – STERN
„This documentary is a lucky strike.” Programmkino
„Very special…A humorous, thrilling and with exact sight told story.” – Al Gore, former Vice-President of the United States, author, environmental activist
„A jewel of the contemporary history.” – STERNAwards: 5 wins.
IMDb User-Rating: 7.5/10
Metascore Critics Rating: 78/100
Rotten Tomatoes User Rating: 7.5/10
Technical information and screening rights...
Director: Taggart Siegel
Release Date: 2005
Run Time: 83 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): German
Performance Rights: Films Transit International // 001 514-844-3358