Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

A cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry. Through his eyes, we see both the changing landscapes of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.


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  • ★★★½ review by Glen Grunau on Letterboxd

    Movies and Meaning Festival 2017

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Film #11

    What have we lost as a consequence of the mechanization and mass production of farming?  Wendell Berry would argue that we have lost the vitality of farming community, our connection to the land, and our sense of home and belonging.

    Berry is a farmer, a poet, an author, and a premiere torch bearer for these values, which are being threatened in the name of profit - but profit for the mechanized farming industry rather for the farmer who works the land.  

    Reading two of his novels, and most specifically Jayber Crow, has given me a taste of his undying vision for the rejuvenation of the small farmer.

  • ★★★★★ review by Beth on Letterboxd

    Poetry-- lovely. Want to see again just to think about the structure.

  • ★★★★ review by BTU on Letterboxd

    A treat. Deepened my gratitude for the life work and passion of Wendell Berry. Well done. Would have loved to see his present face on the documentary.

  • ★★★★½ review by Rosebud on Letterboxd


  • ★★★½ review by keyese on Letterboxd

    This documentary about the work of Wendell Berry was well shot (you can tell Terrence Malick was behind the wheel), however it left me with more questions and discussion than it answered or spoke to. I felt it was hypocritical of the farmers to talk about their "honest" living while bringing up the immigrant labor they employ (while being bewildered why high school and college kids no longer want to work out in the fields). There was a certain sympathy for the farmers interviewed and a respect for their aspirations. The opening sequence gains a star on its own for me, definitely the highlight of the film.

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