From a hillside office in his native Henry County, Kentucky, Wendell Berry captures in writing the changing landscape and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture. The Seer adapts Berry’s agrarian philosophy for the big screen, exploring the life of the land and the people who inhabit it through nuanced observations of farming practices, interviews with the community, and painstakingly composed shots of the surrounding landscape. The result is a moving dual portrait of two deeply connected characters: Berry’s literary voice and Henry County itself.


Directed by Laura Dunn; produced by Jef Sewell and Laura Dunn. Executive Producers, Terrence Malick and Robert Redford.


(UPDATE: Since the 2016 Festival, the title of this film has changed to Look and See.)


The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

2016 US 76 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Arts and Environment, Environmental Advocacy and Justice