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Araya (1959)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1959 (Venezuela)
"Araya" is an old natural salt mine located in a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela which was still, by 1959, being exploited manually five hundred years after its discovery by the Spanish... See full summary »

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Margot Benacerraf
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José Ignacio Cabrujas José Ignacio Cabrujas ... Narrator (spanish version)
Laurent Terzieff ... Narrator (french version)
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"Araya" is an old natural salt mine located in a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela which was still, by 1959, being exploited manually five hundred years after its discovery by the Spanish. Margot Benacerraf captures in images, the life of the "salineros" and their archaic methods of work before their definite disappearance with the arrival of the industrial exploitation. Written by Carlos Javier Gomez de Llarena <gomezll@ibm.net>

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A Venezuelan documentary about the salt pyramids.
24 December 2011 | by OneMinuteFilmReviewSee all my reviews

A Venezuelan documentary about the salt pyramids in a place called Araya and those who made their living there. Trust us, whatever job you're doing right now, it is nothing compared to what these people have to put up with. They toil from day to night, with little payment and in the scorching sun. They were resigned to their fate since childhood and it is the only thing they know. The director chose to shoot like a fly on the wall (in this case, on a salt pyramid) what they actually do in a day. After you watch this, you'll appreciate your job and life like you never did before. It is an affirmation of the human ability to take on what seems impossible and turn it into an amazing possibility. The cinematography in black and white was illuminating too. Take a chance and give this a try. You won't regret it and might even learn a thing or two about human being's indomitable perseverance.


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Country:

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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1959 (Venezuela) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Araya, Estado Sucre, Venezuela

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1.66 : 1
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