TO WHICH WE BELONG – Documentary Review

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To Which We Belong is an informative and encouraging advocacy documentary from filmmakers Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson. The subject is climate change, and the fundamental message is that we humans can actually manage the use of our land to protect our planet from its demise and, ultimately, our own. As illustrated in the film, what is most immediately needed is restoration of healthy soil. which is not all that difficult to accomplish.

The filmmakers travel the globe to show how easy it is to inaugurate practical changes that have almost immediate positive effect. Independent farmers bear witness about how they are transforming arid wastelands back into fertile soil by planting multiple crops in one area rather than a single crop that depletes the soil of it’s complex mineral composition and of the myriad microbes and bugs that keep the soil and plant life healthy. The science behind the suggested changes is explained in terms anyone can understand, making the film a primer for proactivity.

One demonstrably effective change that stands out is the reintroduction of traditional cattle herding to the Masaai, who now herd their beloved cattle collectively rather than individually so they can better control grazing patterns. This has changed the landscape, allowing for the regeneration and growth of new grasslands in the Masaai Mara. In turn, the renewed grasslands have brought repopulation of the area by a wide range of wildlife. including endangered species. The cinematography of the film’s Mara segments is absolutely gorgeous and the footage of wildlife is spectacular.

Of course, the implicit warnings about the consequences of climate change are ever present in the film, but those warnings are well balanced with information about how positive actions like those taken by farmers and herders who are interviewed in the film can create positive change — one farm or garden or pasture at a time.


Title: To Which We Belong
Directors: Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson
Release Date: May 10, 2022
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Language: English and Spanish with English subtitles
Screenwriter: Documentary, Pamela Tanner Boll and Lindsay Richardson
Distribution Company: Passion River Films
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