The SpectrE of Hope is based on the latest work of photographer Sebastiao Salgado. Salgado spent 6 years traveling to over 40 countries, taking pictures of globalization and its consequences - most notably, the mass migrations of populations around the world. In the film, Salgado presents his remarkable photographs in conversation with John Berger.Written by
WOW....what an incredible life Brazilian economist turned photographer Sebastião Salgado has led...what awesome- in the true sense of the word- images he has captured...and what an incredible story this documentary tells. The opening sequence of this film tweaks my intrigue for one reason.... he looks a lot like the elusive Chris Marker! The film is written by British painter turned writer John Berger. It began when he met Salgado in a cabin in the French Alps to discuss his book called "Migrations". Salgado begins by discussing how he watched tens of thousands of people die before his eyes- without being able to do anything but capture their pain and suffering in an image. Berger goes on to tell us of Salgado's subsequent journey across 43 countries over 6 years! The one consistency he observed was that everywhere he went there were people on the move, trying to maintain a living and feed their families. His goal became to the capture the essence of these people's lives with photography- the bastard "face of globalization". His photography is both eerie and chilling, yet stunningly beautiful.
The film is basically organized in two parts: the discussion between Salgado and Berger which acts like a Director's commentary would for a film- and numerous montages of Salgado's photography in which close ups and pans are used as a means to analyze the image- helping us as viewers to absorb each and every detail.
They quote the statistic that 1 in 5 people benefit from globalization, while 4 of 5 end up suffering. Salgado's photography reveals the reality of the situation for those 4 out of 5- forcing us to confront it. This film details and discusses Salgado's photography and experiences in places such as Rwanda, Sudan, former-Yugoslavia, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan and Mozambique. The images speak for themselves.
As Berger states- Salgado's photography and this film leaves us with the question..."Who needs who the most? They us? Or us them? 10 out of 10. Without Question.
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