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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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Wim Wenders (film by), Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (film by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Sebastião Salgado ... Self - Photographer
Wim Wenders ... Self - Narrator
Lélia Wanick Salgado Lélia Wanick Salgado ... Self - Sebastião's wife and collaborator
Juliano Ribeiro Salgado ... Self / Narrator
Hugo Barbier Hugo Barbier ... Self
Jacques Barthélémy Jacques Barthélémy ... Self
Régis Muller Régis Muller ... Self
João Pessoa Mattos João Pessoa Mattos ... Self
Leny Wanick Mattos Leny Wanick Mattos ... Sebastião's Sister-in-Law
Maria Teresa Salgado Rocha Bastos Maria Teresa Salgado Rocha Bastos ... Self
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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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: 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.
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Featured in The Oscars (2015) See more »

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The Salt of the Earth
Written by Laurent Petitgand
Performed by Laurent Petitgand
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I loved this movie!
31 October 2014 | by ieditavidSee all my reviews

Very touching and beautiful doc about life, love, loss, despair, redemption and it shows how, by sheer faith, you can build a forest. Literally. The beautiful photos tell a troubling yet touching story that will make you angry at mankind. By the end you will find yourself believing again and hoping that one day you could be so humble as to reflect on the negative influences in your life and thus be able to change those nativities into positive reactions . You are probably not doing enough for the world around you and when you see how easy it is to make real change, hopefully it will be a call to action. If a picture tells 1000 words, then this film tells 1000 stories.


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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:

The Salt of the Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalimo, Papua, Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,900, 29 March 2015

Gross USA:

$1,343,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,412,189
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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