The Salt of the Earth

This Oscar-nominee by New German Cinema's Wim Wenders chronicles the life and work of influential photographer Sebastião Salgado.

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Director Wim Wenders creates a masterful documentary that looks at the work of photographer and humanitarian Sebastião Salgado over the last 40 years. The audience is taken on a great journey through Salgado’s career, from international conflict and famine to remote tribal communities. The experience is enriched with Sebastiao Salgado’s own narration and his clear deep empathy with the lives and suffering of individuals around the world. The film goes back to look at a few of the most important moments Salgado shot, including his “Workers” series and “Exodus”, which featured brutal images from the Rwandan civil war.

"We humans are a terrible animal; we are extremely violent," says Salgado in the film. "Our history is a history of war; it's an endless story. We should see these images to see how terrible our species is."

Salgado’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, co-directs this visual monument.