The Salt of the Earth
The Salt of the EarthDirector: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Brazil, Italy, France | French, Portuguese, English
For the last 40 years, the peripatetic Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has witnessed some of the major disasters of recent history: international conflicts, starvation and exodus. After documenting so much trauma, he is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories and of wild fauna and flora as part of a huge photographic project that is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. Sebastião Salgado’s extraordinary life and work are the focus of this visually stunning documentary.
Juliano Salgado says, “I showed Wim [Wenders] what I had filmed during the trips with my father, and explained how I felt these images had to be linked to Sebastião’s trajectory. Wenders had the necessary distance to pull together this story of a man who had grown weary of the suffering he had photographed, who himself bears the scars of what he has seen and experienced.
Wenders notes, “I had the idea of using a sort of dark room: Sebastião was in front of a screen, looking at the photographs, while answering my questions about them. So the camera was behind this screen, filming through his photographs, thanks to a semi-transparent mirror, which meant that he was looking at his photographs and the spectator at the same time. I thought it was the most intimate setting for the audience to hear him express himself and at the same time discover his work.'