The Salt of the Earth

Synopsis: 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.
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations.
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110 min

Look at the picture.

Two of us had on target.

The other, my fellow director, was his eldest son, Julian.

He had already accompanied his father with his camera on several trips,

as Papua New Guinea, who have already seen.

Or here, to a remote island north of the East Siberian Sea.

I wish I could join them.

Father and son Salgado invited me to continue this documentary with them,

I guess to add an external view of your adventure.

I did not hesitate for a second.

What more could you ask for?

At last I could get to know this man,

discover what motivated him

and why his work had impressed me so much.

I did not know I was going to discover

much more than a photographer.

Sebastiao was 15

when he took the train and went to the small town forever

to attend school in the provincial capital of Vitoria.

So young, at first did not know what to do with money in their pockets.

I had never paid any money.

On the farm, which produced all of them.

So, at first, starved,

dreading going to a store to order something to eat.

Ignorant of what had become of Sebastiao

He had not appeared this girl in your life.


I was 17, I was studying music and incredibly beautiful.

It was love at first sight.

When Sebastiao won a scholarship

to study for a Master in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo

they moved there and married.

It was the 60,

both they involved in left-wing movements,

as other students in Paris, Berlin or Chicago.

Brazil was under the rule of a brutal military dictatorship,

thus, the risk of being arrested, deported and tortured was constant.

In August 1969,

Sebastian y su Lelia if marcharon of homeland

and they took a boat to France.

Sebastiao while continuing his training as an economist,

Llia studying architecture.

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Wim Wenders

Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders (German: [vɪm vɛndɐs]; born 14 August 1945) is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honors, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), about Cuban music culture, Pina (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, and The Salt of the Earth (2014), about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. One of Wenders' earliest honors was a win for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984), which also won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including Wings of Desire (1987), for which Wenders won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin since 1996. Alongside filmmaking, he is an active photographer, emphasizing images of desolate landscapes. He is considered to be an auteur director. more…

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