Henry Glassie: Field Work (2019)

  • Documentary, Art
  • 1h 45m

Take a seat alongside celebrated American folklorist Henry Glassie as he observes the creation of artwork in four different countries around the world.

Having written about community art around the world for over 50 years, Glassie believes an act of creation is “a momentary fulfilment of what it is to be human.” Inspired by Glassie’s writings and ideas, Field Work is an immersive and meditative documentary more about his subjects. Set among the rituals and rhythms of working artists across Brazil, Turkey, North Carolina, and Ireland, the processes of making something out of raw materials is luminously manifested in sequences demonstrating the measured and attentive approaches they bring to their work.

In English and Portuguese with English subtitles.

Henry Glass: Field Work does not yet have a certificate from the BBFC, but we estimate that it is a 12 certificate.

“Contemplative, slow cinema observation – the results are mesmerising.” Sight & Sound

“A comforting film for uncomfortable times.” The Irish Times

“fascinating and hypnotic to watch.” The Guardian


Pat Collins


English, Portuguese