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The Salt of the Earth (2014)

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The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Himself - Photographer
Himself / Narrator
Lélia Wanick Salgado ...
Herself - Sebastião's wife and collaborator
Himself / Narrator
Hugo Barbier ...
Jacques Barthélémy ...
Régis Muller ...
João Pessoa Mattos ...
Leny Wanick Mattos ...
Sebastião's Sister-in-Law
Maria Teresa Salgado Rocha Bastos ...
Rodrigo Ribeiro Salgado ...
Sebastião's Son


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. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing images of violence and human suffering, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sal de la Tierra  »

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Opening Weekend:

$44,900 (USA) (27 March 2015)


$1,342,778 (USA) (7 August 2015)

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1.85 : 1
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French visa # 133.507. See more »


Sebastião Salgado - Photographer: To think that these three-month-old trees will reach their apex in 400 years. Perhaps from there we could try to grasp the concept of eternity. Maybe eternity is measurable.
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salt of the earth meaning the tears of human beings
17 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1. this is a very good documentary 2. the photographer has a unique eye and drive to travel to impossible places 3. only reason why I am giving it a 9 out of 10 is that I expected more happy moments along with all the starvation/war/struggling miner moments 4. I would still recommend this movie to any creative person who is interested in photography, human history, current events, and personal growth. 5. You will not be disappointed with his frames and photography skills! 6. they include personal moments and love stories to go along with his adventures and photography. 7. my favorite part was the scenes/photography about the Yugoslavian/Bosnian people and their struggles during the war because I used to be good friends with people from that culture back in my refugee days in Germany.

Go check out the movie!

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