Wendell Berry's Kentucky Coming to UNL

News Release Date: 
April 5, 2018

For Immediate Release
‘Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky’ to Screen in Lincoln April 19

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 5, 2018) – “Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky” will be screened at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Union Auditorium, 1400 R. St.

The free event is open to the public and presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with UNL as part of the “Indie Lens Pop-Up” neighborhood film series. An informal discussion will follow the screening, led by Prabhakar Shrestha, chair of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Commission.

The new film is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in an era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer and activist Wendell Berry. Often called a “prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for communities overlooked by the media. 

Through his poetic words and testimonies of family and neighbors – all deeply affected by the industrial and economic changes to their agrarian way of life – we see the changing landscapes of rural America and the redemptive beauty in taking the unworn path.

In 1965, after living in California, Europe and New York, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, Kentucky, bought a small farmhouse and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. A half-century later, Henry County has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming and local economies have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt.

Berry has watched the fabric of rural communities fray and become one of the most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life everywhere.

For those unable to attend the screening, “Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky” will air on NET at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 as part of the “Independent Lens” series on PBS. 

For a complete “Indie Lens Pop-Up” schedule, visit netNebraska.org/engage.

Wendell Berry's Kentucky to screen in Lincoln April 19

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Contact: MJ Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
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Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS Independent Lens series, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Can't attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for online Pop-Up events.