Down to Earth is a documentary of 2015, which is based on a true story of a non conventional Dutch family. In fact, Renata Heinen and Rolf Winters decided to travel with their three children in order to meet the earth keepers: inspiring people that own ancestral knowledge of life, medicine and nature.
They travelled for five years around the globe, with the aim to show that in every corner of the world you can find the answers to problems related to the overdeveloped urbanization. They looked for different perspectives. In fact, the movie depicts realities apart from Western society, in which tribes and communities live connected to nature and the community itself. It shows how communities of other parts of the world are still linked to ancestral laws and knowledge. The knowledge of nature, of how to listen to it. The knowledge of human body, how to cure it with natural sources.
It would be banal to argue that this movie showed the real life, real values, etc.
The society in which we live is real as well, it just has other dynamics and priorities. The movie wants to find a way to find a reconnection with nature and redefine values. Because western values are concentrated on consuming and overproducing, that contribute to make our society more egoistic and egocentric. Down to Earth shows how modern western people forgot the connection with nature, by putting the mankind as the first priority. Material desires led (and lead) the world to overproduce goods and it led to a too high consumption of goods, by causing the giant problem of pollution.
But, there is a way to change, by changing perspective. By reconsidering which are the real problems and which are not. And in that case, the mean to change perspective is the journey.
The movie suggests many topics to think about such as the different values among Western develop country and tribes. But it also depicts an alternative way of educating children, that is rare and unconventional. And it leads the audience into a long journey, in which photography has an important role that reports ancestral corners of world, that seem to be frozen in old times.
Even if the movie brings many interesting topics and its aim is noble, sometimes it was repetitive and unclear for which concerns the aim of the movie itself. What does it want to look for? What are the questions of the film makers?
However, after the movie students had the opportunity to discuss about the movie, many people were really involved into the conversation, and everyone used to have a personal point of view about the movie. It has been an intense collective moment. The movie night was organized by Erasmus Sustainability Hub in the Erasmus Pavilijon and the event was free! In the end, the movie was nice and it had many interesting topics to reflect on.
If you are curious about the movie you can watch the trailer here.