Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
The Land Conservancy, in partnership with McHenry County College Sustainability Center, is hosting the film on Thursday, March 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McHenry County College, 8900 NW Highway (Luecht Conference Center). The screening is followed by a reception featuring people involved in the local food movement.
Look & See revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky, Berry’s home, who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. These stories are echoed in rural communities across American, including McHenry County. Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, Look & See blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. Look & See brings to the surface many of the issues communities are experiencing all across the country.
In the span of a generation, the agrarian values of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.
Wendell Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life. The event is free. After the film, there will be an informal gathering and refreshments. Local farmers are invited to bring marketing materials to share with attendees. Meet your local farmers!