Green Film Looks and Sees the Cultural Values of Farm and Land

Montclair’s office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green present “Look & See”, the latest free screening in their Green Film Series, on Thursday, January 18, 6:30 p.m., at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton, 07042.

“Look & See” is a portrait of Wendell Berry, the acclaimed writer, poet, teacher, farmer, and “outspoken citizen of an endangered world”. The film looks at the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky, who face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and “rootedness to place” were replaced by industrial agriculture, machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of our rural communities. Berry watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, “Look & See” blends scenes of farming life and interviews with farm community members with evocative shots of the surrounding landscape. Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself emerges as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people who inhabit it.

Bring a family member, neighbor, or a gardening friend to this free screening. For further questions, contact the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or, grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry Trailer from Laura Dunn on Vimeo.