Poisoned Soil

Man has been cultivating the land for 11 000 years and it has been 2500 years since he has been using a plough. By 1950 half of the arrable land of the world has become unsuitable for cultivation due to increasingly intensive agricultural technologies. Up to 2010 we have ruined another 30%.
The world's agriculture has to sustain an ever growing mass of peolpe under conditions that are getting worse day by day. The most profound arguments for intensive technology is that such a mass of people cannot be supplied with food using other methods. Because of employing tillage, artificial fertilisers and other chemicals the topsoil is getting thinner and thinner, and arrable land is decreasing.
How much food can be produced in the area still available? How is the number of earthworms connected to the amount of food that can be produced? Does an alternative way of cultivation exist at all, to replace intensive agricultural technologies?
Poisoned Earth is an awareness-rising, educational film but the examples and events are shown in a documentary fashion. This is what makes the way the film is looking for answers to the questions above so dramatic.

  • Gábor Mihály Kővári
    Director
  • Róbert Iván
    Director
  • Gábor Mihály Kővári
    Writer
  • Zsolt Marcell Tóth
    Producer
  • Béla Borsos
    Key Cast
  • Iván Gyulai Dr.
    Key Cast
  • Gergely Sztupa
    Key Cast
  • József Dömötörfi
    Key Cast
  • Christoph Frebourg
    Key Cast
  • John Crawford
    Key Cast
  • László Csuja
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mérgezett Föld
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    33,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Hungary
  • Country of Filming:
    Hungary
  • Language:
    English, Hungarian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digitál
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Gödöllő International Film Festival
    Budapest
    Hungary
    September 5, 2020
    Hungary
    Award
Distribution Information
  • Filmdzsungel kft.
    Sales Agent
    Country: Hungary
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Gábor Mihály Kővári, Róbert Iván

He has worked as a cameraman since 2005, starting his career with TV shows and also working as a director and a DOP in commercials. He took a course to learn writing scripts and plays, and has devoted more of his time to writing. Since 2016 he has been working on nature films and documentaries.

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Director Statement

Over the decades, the soil just became a place. A place for producing food. Machines farm it, lab grown seeds are planted, and artificial fertilizers are used. While we use it up, exploit it, we do not notice the price we have to pay