The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth (2014)

Cast and Crew

Directed by
Produced by
  • Wim Wenders
  • Lélia Wanick Salgado
  • David Rosier
  • Julia de Abreu
  • Fakhrya Fakhry
  • Andrea Gambetta
  • Christine Ponelle
Written by
  • Wim Wenders
  • Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
  • David Rosier
Music by Laurent Petitgand
  • Hugo Barbier
  • Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Edited by
  • Maxine Goedicke
  • Rob Myers
Distributed by Le Pacte
Release date
  • 20 May 2014 (Cannes)
  • 15 October 2014 (France)
  • 26 March 2015 (Brazil)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Italy
  • Brazil

Plot Summary

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been traveling 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.

External Review

“The Salt of the Earth,” Wim Wenders’s new documentary about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, elegantly inhabits a moral and aesthetic paradox. Mr. Salgado’s photographs illuminate some of the worst horrors of the modern world: starvation, war, poverty, displacement. They are also beautiful, dramatic visual artifacts, and their power has a double effect. We are drawn into the contemplation of terrible realities, but at the same time, our attention turns to the person bearing witness.”

A. O. Scott, The New York Times

The Salt of the Earth (2014) on IMDb



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