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The Salt of the Earth

14 years old

The Salt of the Earth is a 2014 documentary. A lot of black and white photographs, they follow each other while there is a voiceover explaining what is behind these photographs (it is sometimes difficult to grasp who cause in the film, it could be Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado or his son). Sometimes there are excerpts where we see the photographer, archive images, it’s sometimes in color, it sometimes happens nowadays. We will follow, over time, the photographer’s reports, famines in the Sahel, Mali (1985), Ethiopia (1986), Gulf War and Kuwait (1991), genocide in Rwanda (1994), war in the former Yugoslavia (1994 -1995)…



The choice of a man who drops his job in the economy to embark on the artistic, in connection with the desire to produce. A creator produces according to who he is, his story. We are shown how we can be mobilized by artistic projects, how we can design them over several years and then move on to something else (La main de l’homme. Exode. Génésis). Photography. The work of a photographer, his life, his way of seeing the world and many of his photos. We can here wonder about the transmission of information by the image. Aesthetics. We can only be surprised by the beauty of the images which sometimes show horrible things, however, it is difficult for the viewer to be in this feeling. Hurry.


Here the photographer says that his work was thought to criticize or highlight what can happen on the planet.


This photographer will find his calling. You can see hard work, but for many of the people shown in these photos, surviving is almost already a job.


We are shown that this photographer dared to put himself in danger, visiting unlikely places.


We are shown humans who have a rather miserable living condition. This photographer wanted to show the misery of those who can sometimes not be seen (migrants, minors, victims of famines…).


With ” man’s hand“, we can clearly see the contrast between what we live in our industrial societies and these worlds where men are still well surrounded by nature (for example the Papuans who seem to rarely have the opportunity to rub shoulders with technology).


We are shown different places on the planet (Russian arctic islands, Papua in Indonesia, different places in Brazil. Monopolizing work. We clearly explain that for the child,


We are shown that the photographer needed to revive an entire dry mountain, to replant trees there. He thus rediscovered what made the charm of the landscape he knew when he was a child and was able to replant 2 million trees. Nature. With his work “Génésis”, Sebastiao Salgado wanted to put nature at the center of his images, and it’s beautiful.


We understand that this photographer’s work can destroy a man by dint of rubbing shoulders with horror. He explains to us that it was by saving the earth that he managed to free himself from the suffering of what he had seen.


The film was also made by the son of the photographer, there is the idea of ​​staging the grandfather, the parents, of the children, of talking about what makes things important, because even if the we are a great artist, we are also a parent. Couple. We see the importance of the couple in the life of a man, even at the professional level. We see his wife always very present in her work. Disability. We talk in a nice way about Salgado’s second child who has Down syndrome.


The images remain on the screen for enough time so that we can have enough time to contemplate them.

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We talk inside the film how the director got together with the son of the photographer to produce this film.


We dare to show dead people (and even babies). We are told about death, it is often shown as something difficult (it must be said that we see people starving, skeletal or murdered). War. Here we see the effects of war on civilians.

Salt of the Earth



We will find ourselves faced with poverty, and if we do not really realize what these open pit mines are in Brazil, the agglomerate of humans who are there is strange. We are surprised to find these images beautiful, but at the same time they can be horrible, difficult to detach from them.

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It is especially the images of starving and even starving people that are difficult to bear, the looks, the children, the repetition, the situations, there are really hard times. He will show us different famines


Not necessarily easy for children to understand who we are talking about in the documentary, and who is talking. Length. Seeing fixed images in this way does not follow the rhythm of current productions, you have to accept a form of contemplation.


Classic. Music can be scary just to create tension.

Beautiful film which can only touch us. But this documentary on the life and work of Sebastiao Salgado can be very long for children and above all it contains impressive, harsh images, especially when we see people starving, extremely thin or when we are spoken to of extermination, that we see people killed. Even an adult can be shocked by these images, if you want to show it to your children, it is better to wait, or think about doing a lot of debriefing work with them in parallel.

Not recommended for children under:14 years oldFormat:Documentary, Feature filmYear:2014Duration:110 minutesStudio:Amazonas Images, Decia Films, Solares Fondazione delle artiCountry:Brazil, France, ItalyCreators:Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim WendersUniverse:PedagogicActors:Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Sebastiao Salgado, Wim WendersTechnical:Real shotThemes:Activism, Artistic, Cinema, Contemplation, Couple, Ecology, Industrialization, Death, Poverty, Press, Work, Travel

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