The Salt of the Earth

2014, Documentary, 1h 49m

94 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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While the work it honors may pose thorny ethical questions that Salt of the Earth neglects to answer, it remains a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Sebastião Salgado's career. Read critic reviews

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Juliano Ribeiro Salgado co-directs a look at the career of his father, photographer Sebastião Salgado.

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  • May 22, 2015
    While exploring themes of death and rebirth, "The Salt of the Earth" is specifically a powerful documentary about the life, times and work of renowned photographer Sebastiao Selgado. He excelled at capturing the scale of large events while never losing the intimacy of telling individual stories. That immediately becomes clear in this documentary with a series of photographs that he took at a South American gold mine that was populated by 50,000 men and which was the first of his work that Wim Wenders ever saw. Even more important is the way that Salgado's depictions of human suffering have alerted the wider world to any number of humanitarian crises across the globe. As Wenders puts it, Salgado has managed to combine his training as an economist and previous work for the World Bank with his photography to create a unique and very useful form of art. "The Salt of the Earth" also provides another vantage point, that of his now grown son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado who has filmed footage of his own, as he seeks to fully understand his father who was absent a lot of the time when he was growing up roaming the globe. Together, father and son travel to the Arctic Circle and encounter an uncooperative polar bear.
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  • Oct 30, 2014
    A profoundly revealing doc about this great artist worthy of our highest admiration for his unparalleled, eye-opening work of tremendous social consciousness, and it is so inspiring to see that he has started to regain hope in the world after so much disappointment.
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