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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
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

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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: 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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Connections

Featured in The Oscars (2015) See more »

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The Photographer
Written by Laurent Petitgand
Performed by Laurent Petitgand
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salt of the earth meaning the tears of human beings
17 April 2015 | by andre_andreas1987See all my reviews

1. this is a very good documentary 2. the photographer has a unique eye and drive to travel to impossible places 3. only reason why I am giving it a 9 out of 10 is that I expected more happy moments along with all the starvation/war/struggling miner moments 4. I would still recommend this movie to any creative person who is interested in photography, human history, current events, and personal growth. 5. You will not be disappointed with his frames and photography skills! 6. they include personal moments and love stories to go along with his adventures and photography. 7. my favorite part was the scenes/photography about the Yugoslavian/Bosnian people and their struggles during the war because I used to be good friends with people from that culture back in my refugee days in Germany.

Go check out the movie!


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