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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 147 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2018
Available in French: No

SYMBIOTIC EARTH explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a brilliant and radical scientist, whose unconventional theories challenged the male-dominated scientific community and are today fundamentally changing how we look at our selves, evolution, and the environment.
As a young scientist in the 1960s, Margulis was ridiculed when she first proposed that symbiosis was a key driver of evolution, but she persisted. Instead of the mechanistic view that life evolved through random genetic mutations and competition, she presented a symbiotic narrative in which bacteria joined together to create the complex cells that formed animals, plants and all other organisms - which together form a multi-dimensional living entity that covers the Earth. Humans are not the pinnacle of life with the right to exploit nature, but part of this complex cognitive system in which each of our actions has repercussions.
Filmmaker John Feldman traveled globally to meet Margulis' cutting-edge colleagues and continually asked: What happens when the truth changes? SYMBIOTIC EARTH examines the worldview that has led to climate change and extreme capitalism and offers a new approach to understanding life that encourages a sustainable and symbiotic lifestyle.
DVD Features
The film is divided into ten essays. Each essay may be played individually or you can play them in blocks. We suggest playing the 3-minute Introduction before playing an individual essay, or blocks. The 10 essays are: 
* How Lynn Margulis Cooerced me into Making this Film [7:23]
* How Science Gave Us Permission to Exploit the Earth [10:28]
* Confronting the Neo-Darwinian Capitalistic Zeitgeist  [18:00] 
* Lynn Margulis' Lifelong Quest  [12:02] 
* Working Together  [12:17] 
* Bacteria Run the Planet  [13:42} 
* Symbiosis is the Way of Life  [16:00] 
* The Cell (not DNA) Controls the Organism  [10:48} 
* Evolution through Mergers  [20:00] 
* Gaia: A Physiological System on the Surface of the Earth [14:31] 

Language Subtitle Options:

• English (SDH Captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing)
• Spanish 
"Recommended...The ideas of the late biologist Lynn Margulis are groundbreaking, even breathtaking in their boldness...Revolution is a strong word, but that is what many commentators say Dr. Margulis started in multiple areas of biology, from evolution to genetics to microbiology to ecology, taking broader and more comprehensive views of organisms and their interactions." - Jim Hobbs, Educational Media Reviews Online