The Salt of the Earth

Directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado & Wim Wenders

Documentary filmmaking has proved a fertile hunting ground for German auteur Wim Wenders and The Salt of the Earth nestles comfortable amongst Pina and The Buena Vista Social Club as one of his very finest non-fiction works. Joining forces with Juliano Salgado, the son of acclaimed Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, Wenders charts the remarkable life and career of one of the giants of the medium. A film about the power of photography to document, depict and bring to life the savagery and beauty to be found in the world, the film is framed by Wenders’ overt admiration for his subject.

The winner of a French César award, this is a hypnotic and transformative work.


110 minutes

English and French

Partial English

Country of origin:
Brazil, France and Italy

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