Writing about Jean-François Millet's peasant subjects, the critic John Berger observed that the French painter's personal nostalgia extended to history: "Most of what he knew about peasants was that they were reduced to a brutal existence, especially the men. He sensed, it seems to me, two things which, at the time, few others foresaw: that the poverty of the city and its suburbs; and that the market created by industrialization, to which the peasantry was being sacrificed, might one day entail the loss of all sense of history." The "First Person Rural" films mark this loss with immersion, and in so doing leave us with the lingering sense that it is we and not the films' subjects who are "out of time."
"FIRST PERSON RURAL: THE NEW NONFICTION"
March 26–April 27, $5.50–$9.50
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft, Berk.