The Gleaners and I

Agnès Varda 2000 1:18:37

The Gleaners and I explores gleaning — the act of collecting food from farmers’ leftover crops after they have been commercially harvested. Travelling along the French countryside, the film-maker follows a series of gleaners as they hunt for food, knicknacks, and personal connection; capturing the many aspects of gleaning and the many people who glean to survive — finding not only field gleaners, but also urban gleaners and those connected to the gleaners, including a wealthy restaurant owner, an urban gleaner with a master’s degree who teaches French to immigrants, and artists who incorporate recycled materials into their works…