The Salt of the Earth

21 Oct 2015

Directors: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

France, Brazil, Italy


109 min

In creating a portrait of the great documentary photographer and environmentalist, Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado have matched hauntingly beautiful images with illuminating testimony. Breathtaking photos of the Brazilian gold mines in the 1970s, the famine in Ethiopia and the genocide of Rwanda confirm Salgado’s ability to capture the humanity of a moment as he bore witness to history spanning 40 years. Turning his attention to the environment, Salgado embarked upon rebuilding an entire eco-system in his native Brazil by overseeing the planting of two million trees. The Salt of the Earth draws together the threads of an extraordinary life and is a fitting tribute to an inspirational figure.

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar 2015