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LOOK & SEE: A cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry to screen at MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University is hosting a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry — farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers. The film will be screened free of charge on Oct. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium with a brief panel discussion to follow. 

The screening is sponsored by the MVNU Biology, English and Modern Languages, Christian Education, and Communication departments, and the Honors Program.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, Ky., where he bought a small farmhouse 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the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt — all of which have frayed the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.

Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. Filmmaker Laura Dunn skillfully weaves Berry’s poetic and prescient words with gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors, all of whom are being deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life. “It’s a conversation that is more urgent now than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided nation where urban consumers remain so completely disconnected from the rural producers whose work sustains their very lives,” said director Laura Dunn. “Wendell shows us with extraordinary sensitivity, just what fidelity to a place and to one’s own community can truly mean.”

Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, LOOK & SEE, was updated and retitled after its award-winning screening at the SXSW Film Festival and re-released at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.