A mixture of live interviews, film clips, archival footage, and interjectory direct to camera discourse, Varda by Agnès weaves through Agnes Varda’s more than 65-year career of inventive filmmaking. Varda by Agnès serves a dual role, working both as detailed introduction for newcomers and a thought-provoking retrospective for cinephiles still mourning the passing of the immensely curious director earlier this year. The auteur’s work doesn’t so much blur the lines between documentary and fiction as it knits the two forms together like yarn into imaginative multi-textured fabrics. In this film, Varda reveals the guiding principles behind her work—“inspiration, creation, and sharing”—and over the course of a two-hour personal essay, she guides us on her creative journey, jumping across time and space, providing insight into her technique, methods, and artistic philosophy. As Varda notes, “People are the heart of my work. Real people.” And the creations she leaves behind provide clear evidence throughout, poignantly sharing the humanity within us all and providing inspiration for generations of future storytellers.