DOUBLE FEATURE Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (5:30pm) and Dolores (7:15pm)

5:30 pm & 7:15 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Liberty Hall

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt--all of which have frayed the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. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life. 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. Thus, in the spirit of Berry's agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film--a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

Dolores profiles Dolores Huerta, one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century-and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one's life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

Tickets for the evening are available here: https://www.universe.com/events/double-screening-look-see-a-portrait-of-wendell-berry-dolores-tickets-lawrence-LJWCDF?ref=universe-discover

Co-sponsored by: the KU Environmental Studies Program, the Department of American Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Sustainability, the KU Natural History Museum, and The Commons
Of interest to:
Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Tags:
Film Screening, Framing the Dialogue

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