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Added: Sunday, February 22, 2009

First Earth--a film documenting a shelter paradigm shift

Now available on DVD or for viewing at FIRST EARTH.

David Sheen traveled four continents over four years to film the vast array of earth-based shelter documented in this film. Shot on location from the West Coast of North America to West Africa. FIRST EARTH makes the case that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world–and easiest to build, even for a novice builder.

Chocking up over 300,000 hits on YouTube even before its official release, FIRST EARTH is not a how-to film; rather, it's a why-to film. It establishes the appropriateness of earthen building in every cultural context, under all socio-economic conditions, from third-world communities to first-world countrysides, from Arabian deserts to American urban jungles. According to Sheen, "In the age of environmental and economic collapse, peak oil, and other converging emergencies, the solution to many of our ills might just be getting back to basics, focusing on food, clothes, and shelter. We need to think differently about house and home, for material and for spiritual reasons, both the personal and the political."

In addition to its panorama of earthen building around the world, FIRST EARTH features interviews with well-know authors, thinkers, and activists including Daniel Quinn, Richard Heinberg, Derrick Jensen, James Howard Kunstler, Joseph F. Kennedy, and Stuart Cowan.

To see complete interviews, see the film, and learn more about earthen homes go to David Sheen's website FIRST EARTH.

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