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Look & See: Wendell Berry Film & Conversation

Rialto Cinemas Sonoma County
Event organized by Rialto Cinemas Sonoma County

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Screenings at 1pm and 7pm

Join Rialto Cinemas, CAFF & The Farmers Guild for a FREE film screening exploring the agrarian philosophy of poet-farmer Wendell Berry as seen through the divergent stories of a rural community facing difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship to the land and people on which they depend.

Then stick around for a panel discussion with three young locals working to forge their own livelihood from the land:
- Caiti Hachmyer, Red H Farm
- Joey Smith, Let's Go Farm
- Ariel Greenwood, Freestone Ranch
- Evan Wiig, The Farmers Guild & CAFF (moderator)


WATCH THE TRAILER: https://lookandseefilm.com/trailer/


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the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the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 of 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.