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Turn Here Sweet Corn

PBS Premiere: July 9, 1991


The camera moves through a Minnesota corn field and finds a photograph of a suburban tract clothes-pinned to a cornstalk. Layered with visual and emotional paradoxes, Turn Here Sweet Corn searches for meaning beyond cliches and nostalgia, as a family farm is lost to speculative suburban real estate developers. Helen De Michiel juxtaposes innovative video techniques with slices of a simpler, threatened life, in an emotional and personal reflection on the colonization of cornfields by shopping malls.


TAGS: agriculture, development, farm, real estate, suburbs, video

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Turn Here Sweet Corn

Premiere Date: July 9, 1991

Filmmaker: Helen De Michiel


Helen De Michiel
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