Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Showed at Images 3/10/2018

This gorgeously realized look at the decline of modern U.S. agrarian culture is highlighted through the writings and reflections of author Wendell Berry, who embedded himself in rural life upon returning home to Kentucky in 1965. Writing from a long wooden desk overlooking the landscape, Berry used that vantage point to eloquently praise the benefits of a life deeply connected to the land. Since then, society has shifted dramatically, with mass development of rural areas and corporate farming practices replacing the roles of small family farms.

In this visually stunning ode to a changing cultural landscape, rare photographs blend with farmers and family members expressing their own stories. Using original wood engravings to frame chapters, Look & See explores the graceful intersection between art, life, and the natural world.

  • Director: Laura Dunn, Jef Sewell
  • Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Genre: documentary

“In lieu of a literal fulfillment of the title‚Äôs promise, Dunn gives us a spiritual one, an aggressively poetic elegy to the pre-industrialized agrarian work/life ethic Berry made his most deeply felt cause. ”

– Los Angeles Times