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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.

Writers:

Wim Wenders (film by), Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (film by)
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Cast

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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Brazil | Italy

Language:

French | English | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sal de la Tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalimo, Papua, Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,900, 29 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,343,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,402,761
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie title "The Salt of the Earth" is also a reference to the photographer's last name. Salgado is Portuguese for salty. If you add salt to something, it becomes "salgado". This can be interpreted in a wider way as the contribution that Salgado has given to the Earth (planet) or in a more literal way as the amazing change that he and the Salgado family has made in to their land, bringing back the native Rainforest to the Instituto Terra (the Earth Institute). See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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The Last Trip
Written by Laurent Petitgand
Performed by Laurent Petitgand
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Thoughtful and Insightful
27 April 2015 | by tao902See all my reviews

A fascinating Wim Wenders documentary about Brazilian photographer, Sabastiao Salgado, detailing his life, and varied photographic projects from around the world. Wonderfully filmed, imaginatively edited.

Mainly known as a social photographer, Sabastiao Salgado has documented and revealed the horrors of war, famine and poverty. His travels around the world have accessed hidden brutalities and exposed injustices.

Perhaps as a respite from the human extremes he has witnessed he has recently moved on to projects about the environment. The film features many of his photos and numerous interviews with insights into his personal life.


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