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The Salt of the Earth (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer. (C) Sony Classics

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Critic Reviews for The Salt of the Earth

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (26)

Stunning imagery and a stirring story, about Sebastiao Salgado and his 40-odd years of shooting global catastrophe.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
Newsday
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The authenticity and artistry of the images in "The Salt of the Earth" cannot be denied. In any context, they'd be unforgettable.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Seattle Times
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The Salt of the Earth is a celebration of the power of art to change the world, as well as an exploration of the considerable toll gifted artists sometimes pay for their talents.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Miami Herald
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The film takes its time, and even seems to meander in places. But in retrospect, the path becomes clear: winding steadily towards home.

Full Review… | April 10, 2015
San Diego Reader
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The Salt of the Earth, has the power to draw you into its world, transfix, and perhaps eventually transform you.

Full Review… | April 10, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Direct-to-camera testimonials are the movie's troubled heart, and raise the inescapable question of what happens to a soul when it gets to the point where it's simply seen too much.

Full Review… | April 10, 2015
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for The Salt of the Earth

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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7/16/15 Vudu One again the power of documentary film making. A moving picture about a man who takes still pictures, a novel concept. Salgado captures the beauty, ugly, hopeful and distressing aspects of life around the globe. His black and white photos have even greater power than the color moving pictures. His pictures of the Brazilian gold mines, the world wide genocide, and the many varied and distinct cultures from Siberia to the Amazon rain forest are stunning.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber
½

Sebastiao Salgado and Wim Wenders is a combination that could never go wrong. Seeing Salgado's stunning photography enlarged on the big screen is quite the privilege too. I'm thankful that Salgado can still have some hope left in him for the human condition and our planet after seeing and documenting so much horror. A truly inspiring journey and one hell of an eye opener! Really good for your soul!

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø

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