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Look & See

Look & See

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, January 22, 2019/Categories: natural history, video, sustainability, art and design, environment

                      Wendell Berry of Kentucky (photo credit: The Seer, a Portrait of Wendell Berry)

Several contemporatry writers are recognized for their emphasis on representing the 'importance of place' in their work. Authors like Ivan Doig (This House of Sky); Leslie Marmon Silko (Ceremony); Gretel Ehrlich (The Solace of Open Spaces); and Jim Harrison (Legends of the Fall) are fine examples. Wendell Berry writes essays, poems, and novels that fit well in this literary category with an emphasis on environmental matters.

Berry focuses his attention on rural agricultural life, the people who live on the land, the environment that surrounds them, and the deline of family farms. His words can awaken 'memories of place' in anyone. Berry helped raise awareness on the rural landscape and what has been sacrificed to iindustrial agriculture. A documentary film, Look & See, A Portrait of Wendell Berry was produced by the documentarian Laura Dunn, screened at the Sundance Film Festival, after the director were introduced by Robert Redford. It received wide acclaim at the Festival and elsewhere. Here is the trailer:

A Protrait of Wendell Berry has aired via Independent Lens on PBS and is now available for streaming on Netflix.

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