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Indie Lens Pop Up "LOOK & SEE: Wendell Berry's Kentucky "

West Point Community Theatre
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LOOK & SEE: Wendell Berry's Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscape and shifting of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind's eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry. In 1965, after living in California, Europe and New York, Berry returned home to Henry County, Kentucky, bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. A half century later, Henry County - like many rural communities across America - has become a place of ideaological stuggle. In the span of a generation, the rural virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming local economies and rootedness to place, have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agrigculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt - all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. From his farmhouse window, Berry has watched the struggle unfold, becoming one of the most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of rural and agrarian life.

The documentary is filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle and observes farming life, along with interviews with farmers and community members, capturing the independence and spirit of rural America.