The Salt of the Earth is a documentary about world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s work documenting our changing world. It opens Friday, March 27, 2015 at Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.
Angelika Film Center18 West Houston Street in Greenwich Village
About The Salt of the Earth
The Salt of the Earth (Le Sel de la Terre) is Wim Wenders’ and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s 2014 documentary film about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s work documenting the people and landscapes of our changing world.
The film’s title comes from a Bible verse.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its
flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing,
but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.”
In the film, Sebastião describes the making of some of his most famous photographs. Since Juliano is Sebastião’s son, The Salt of the Earth is also the story of a creative family in which Juliano’s mother Lélia Deluiz Wanick plays an important role.
About Sebastião Salgado
Sebastião Salgado (Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1944) is a world-renowned photojournalist who is famous for his photographs of raw people and landscapes. He was born into poverty, but got himself educated to the level of a masters degree in economics. Like many Brazilian artists, Sebastião moved to France to escape the years of dictatorship in Brazil. While working in Africa for the World Bank, he started making photographs.
In 1973, Sebastião left economics to become a news photographer. He was a Magnum photographer from 1979-1994. Magnum is one of the world’s most respected photographer collectives.
While photographing civil wars in Rwanda and Bosnia, Sebastião had an epiphany. He understood that all living things and our earth itself are interconnected, yet we keep destroying each other and our planet home.
Sebastião focused his attention on documenting our earth, and the wild creatures who live on it. His most famous work is his Genesis project which is a traveling photo exhibition and art book.
Sebastião’s photographs have an epic grandeur to them whether they are a landscape of icebergs floating in the sea, people working in a mine, or a lizard’s paw. He seems to want us to recognize what we are losing, and believes there is a way forward through the respect of nature.
Sebastião put his philosophy into action by restoring a bit of forest in Brazil through his Instituto Terra (Earth Institute).
The Angelika Film Center is an art-house cinema in Greenwich Village.