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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.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sebastião Salgado ...
Himself - Photographer
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Himself / Narrator
Lélia Wanick Salgado ...
Herself - Sebastião's wife and collaborator
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Himself / Narrator
Hugo Barbier ...
Himself
Jacques Barthélémy ...
Himself
Régis Muller ...
Himself
João Pessoa Mattos ...
Himself
Leny Wanick Mattos ...
Sebastião's Sister-in-Law
Maria Teresa Salgado Rocha Bastos ...
Herself
Rodrigo Ribeiro Salgado ...
Sebastião's Son
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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. 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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27 March 2015 (USA)  »

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La sal de la Tierra  »

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

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$1,342,778 (USA) (7 August 2015)
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The title of the film is a biblical reference, Matthew 5:13: 'You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.' See more »

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Himself - 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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Exodus
Written by Laurent Petitgand
Performed by Laurent Petitgand
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10 June 2015 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

"We are a ferocious animal. We humans are terrible animals. Our history is a history of wars. It's an endless story, a tale of madness." – Sebastião Salgado

Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado this documentary goes through the life of the photographer Sebastião Salgado, from its childhood times in Minas Gerais until his current role as an activist and founder of Instituto Terra. Not following the typical poetic and metaphorical style, and sometimes pretentious, that characterizes Wim so much, this documentary follows a simple line, however it's not a light viewing. In fact, it's hard, graphic and even chocking in some parts. Divided between the outside interpretations of Wim and Juliano, they reckon their perspectives were complemented with each other's, Juliano as son of Sebastião and Wim as the outside look, admirer of Salgado's work. But it's when Sebastião analyzes its photographs, the highlight of the film, that we realize who he really is and what he testified, transporting us into an incredible journey of anger, despair and hope.


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