The Salt Of The Earth


I was looking forward to see this movie for a long time and this morning I finally was able to watch it.

This film, ‘The Salt of the Earth‘, made by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, is an emotional rollercoaster.

Each and every of Sebastião Salgado’s photographs are sheer beauty. Intense black and white images that make you think, gasp for breath or touch you even in the deepest corners of your soul. They are all without any exception pure eye candy.

What Sebastião Salgado (° February 8th, 1944) has to tell is worth listening to. His approach to the human condition and then, at the end of his career, nature, is very philosophical but yet down to earth.

The work he and his wife have done when it comes to nature preservation breathtaking. Instituto Terra, once his parent’s huge farm and where he grew up, in paradise, had become in 2000 a dried and dead desert.
Now Instituto Terra is paradise once again and a natural park. He and Lélia and help replanted a whole forest.

The bigger part of the movie talks about Salgado’s life and his work as a social photographer documenting the human condition.

The Rwanda Genocide, Civil Wars in former Yugoslavia, the burning oil fields in Kuwait, the drought in Africa during the 80ties, most of these images almost unbearable to watch. I am not ashamed to say that on more than one occasion I had to stop the movie because I was crying. Humanity is capable of an unspeakable cruelness.
I cannot start to imagine how Salgado must have felt, powerless, midst the stench of death and immense human suffering.

After documenting the Rwanda Genocide he was emotionally drained and had seen enough distress.
He and his wife Léila returned to Brazil to replant the old family domain that was by now death and dry.

It took Sebastião Salgado almost a decade to find his love for photography back when he turned his camera to nature and created and immense body of work called “Genesis“.

“The Salt Of The Earth” is an intense experience. Sometimes extremely gruesome, hard to watch too, mostly simply beautiful and all this covered with hope.

Visit my Pinterest board on Sebastião Salgado.

I highly recommend this movie although viewer discretion is advised due to often cruel and saddening images depicting the human condition.

 

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