The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth

DVD - 2014
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For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. In this documentary we see the world through his eyes.
Publisher: [Place of production not identified] : Sony Pictures Classics Release/Decca Films, ©2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,Dolby digital 5.1 sound, color ;,12 cm.
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MB85CAL
Dec 05, 2017

Fascinating. Beautiful. Touching. Highly recommend.

JCLMichelleH Aug 26, 2017

Sebastiao Salgado is a photojournalist known for some of the most harrowing photos of humanities worst atrocities. I recommend this film. It will turn your stomach and unsettle your head, but perhaps this is something we should all experience?

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COURIER3
Sep 25, 2016

Yes, agree this should be shown in high schools. Did not know there would be so much black & white stills with closed captions. Very disturbing on how we are destroying our planet, primitive life styles, poverty, homelessness and genocide. Found this movie on dashboard. Thank you patrons.

JCLKatieS Aug 01, 2016

Although I knew nothing about the photographer prior to the film, his work is extremely powerful and should be shared with everyone. It's a deep insight into the world and how we interact with it.

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uncommonreader
Jul 24, 2016

Sebastio Salgado, who was unknown to me before this film, is quite a wonderful photographer and interesting human being.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

See succinct comments by ENFPWOMAN, clunder and others herein. All I can add are some quotes to savor this extraordinary man's wrork. Haunting yet beautiful photos on land and air, likely featured sample photos in Salgado's books and exhibitions: "Mountains of West Papua, Indonesia, Village 2011," "Workers: Archaeology of the Industrial Age 1993," "Refugees and Migrants 2000,"and "Genesis 2013." Watch this program in HD, never so true that "A picture is worth a thousand words."

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franque
May 24, 2016

Sadly this film turned out to be nothing but a thinly veiled attempt at pro UN propaganda, particularly around it's earth charter program. Most folks probably won't see this because many are still unaware, however the typical signs abounded from the start. Musings about people not sharing, people being violent, people being greedy, and how awful people really are to other people & the earth. This was the "aren't people terrible" part of the film...but of course the UN came to the rescue along with their partner organization Doctors w/o Borders. As typical with this kind of propaganda first we get the problem...how awful humans are, then we get the "solution" how people can heal themselves, others, and the planet through THEIR version of restoration, sharing, and science. This formula is rather obvious to those able to see it but it's likely to be unnoticed by most because the photographers wonderful talent is the supposed reason for the film. A sad waste of talent for a cause that it the pinnacle of globalist deceit. Take a look at Salgado's website as UNICEF is who he's really dancing for, another UN organization.

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breemu
May 15, 2016

While the "movie" itself is rather boring (I went here and took pictures for a few years, I went there and took pictures for a few years), and many of us (at least those over a certain age) will surely remember seeing a lot of the photos shown (or others just like them), the take away from the film is brilliant.

The utter destruction of one man's soul in the face of so much of humankind's most perverse and grotesque ugliness was remedied only by immersing himself in nature - in fact, the restoration of the forest that his own dear father had cut down, unwittingly ignorant to the cascade of environmental damage it would bring, in order to support his young family decades earlier.

And that one act of restoring just one small forest, one tiny piece of the ecosystem, and returning the drought-stricken land to a more habitable place for both humans and animals (and passing on the knowledge for others to do the same), may have made him and his wife (who had the idea in the first place), a far greater human force - far more productive and useful - than all the previous decades spent photographing the darkest depths of humankind's want and depravity.

IngloriousBelcher Feb 07, 2016

This includes 2 discs, a regular DVD and a blu-ray, so anyone with a dvd player can watch even though this just says "blu-ray version". Excellent photographer, incredible stories & fantastic filmmakers.

real_thing Dec 07, 2015

THEY SHOULD SHOW THIS IN HIGH SCHOOLS. VERY VERY.............. DEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

GENESIS made Sebastiao again travel the world for nearly a decade. It was to show nature, animals, places and people They are living as the beginning of time. A more optimistic view of the same planet that Sebastiao had looked hurt and destroyed.
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The man whose photographs have told us thousands of stories about our planet, It leaves us a great history and a great dream: the destruction of nature can be reversed. More than a thousand fountains watering again "Terra Institute". There are already planted 2.5 million trees. The wildlife has returned, even jaguars. The earth is no longer possession of Salgado. Now a national park that belongs to everyone. Is the demonstration that devastated lands anywhere they can return to forest.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

This was my last trip, this sad adventure in Rwanda. I went there. He does not believe in anything. He did not believe in the salvation of the human race. We could not survive that. We did not deserve to live anymore. No one deserved to live. How many times I threw the camera down to mourn for what he saw? Sebastiao had peered into the heart of darkness and he questioned his work as a social photographer and witness to the human condition. What remained to be done after Rwanda?
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Sometimes, just we look at a tree and think about its verticality, in its beauty. But everything depends on it, our water, our oxygen ... It is home to everyone. Ants, small insects, cicadas ...All are in the tree.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

Everyone should see these images, to see how terrible it is our species. These orphans, I found them on the road ... Of these three children, the two with the most lively eyes will survive. The eyes of the morbid, he was dying. When I left there, I was sick. Very sick. My body was sick. It was not an infectious disease, my soul was sick... The United Nations began to force them to return. We felt that the whole planet was covered in refugee tents.
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A group of 250,000 people left the city of Goma and they went into the Congo forest. ... But when you think about 250,000 people left, and 40,000 returnees ... 210,000 people were missing. And in parallel, life continued. Men who cut hair. And this Congolese here, with his calculator dollars trying to collect people, currencies, and it was there trying to change them. In the middle of nowhere! Amid a forest isolated from everything.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

We were there at the right time. Just as families arrived in a state of high anxiety. There were only women, elderly and children. The young men had been detained or killed. It is rare that this happens in Europe, the late twentieth century. But here, the cars, we can see that those people with a standard of living a European standard of living, with a European intellectual level. A European infrastructure. And who lost everything. Hundreds of kilometers filled with people and cars. We are a very fierce animal. We are a terrible animal, we humans. It is here in Europe, whether in Africa, Latin America, wherever. Our violence is extreme. Our history is a history of wars. It is a story without end, a history of repression,

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

Amid all this anguish, something touched me very much. It was seeing this mother with her little child, and the little child's confidence in her mother.
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Violence and brutality they are not a monopoly of distant countries. It is here, in Europe, in the former Yugoslavia. It's very shocking. ... Violence is widespread. What I dislike most is to see how much hatred is contagious. These people have seen violence. Entire families. All Krajina Serb population was expelled.
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In several days, in the month of July 1994 Goma region ... welcomed more than two million people. And there catastrophe was installed, diseases such as cholera began to spread and people started dropping like flies. There were at least 12,000 or 15,000 deaths a day.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

... another burning issue of our times was the displacement of entire populations due to wars, famines and the role of the global market. As Europe closed its borders, Sebastiao trying to shed light on the lives of the marginalized. ... new chapter called "Exodus". It sparked global concern about the lives of these refugees de India, Vietnam, Filipinas, South America, Palestine, Iraq and many other places.
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in 1994, when the Rwandan president's plane He was killed. It all started with a great movement of population to Tanzania due to the brutal repression against the Tutsis in Rwanda. And I was one of the first to arrive. It was a catastrophe. People who fled to Burundi, al Congo, a Uganda...They fled to everywhere. ... Genocide was committed in that country. Were about 150 kilometers to the outskirts of Kigali, and 150 kilometers of dead.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

In 1991, at the end of the first Gulf War, Iraqi troops withdrew and Saddam Hussein set fire to thousands of oil wells. Thousands of firefighters from around the world descended on those oil fields. Sebastiao had to go too, driven by curiosity of this explosive profession. When I saw the first images on TV, I knew I had to do that report. It was like working in a big theater. Some 500 wells on fire. A scene set in huge, the size of a planet. No controlled us, we could go where we wanted. There were fumes, thick smoke, oil. All that accumulated smoke was so dense that the sun did not pass. Sometimes it was dark 24 hours. After putting out the fire the ground was so hot, they had to throw a lot of water for cooling, if not, the temperature was so high that oil burn again. Still, sometimes, There was an explosion that sounded like a cannon. The noise was deafening. It was like working near the engine of a plane. Today I'm a little deaf. My deafness began then.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

This kid was alone, with his little guitar in hand, He is carrying the remains of a shirt, but not wearing pants. Watch the determination, the posture. He is someone who knows where it goes. Looking for other groups of people, with his dog ... A boy of eight, nine years. ... Photos, the book and the exhibition of Lélia, they called the world's attention on droughts, and the fate of millions of lives.
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WORKERS - The third volume of photographs conceived with Lélia. I wanted to pay a kind of homage all men and women who built our world. The archeology of the industrial era. ... He photographed steelworkers in the Soviet Union, he lived with saboteurs ships in Bangladesh, sailed with fishermen in Galicia and Sicily, He showed the mechanical production of cars in Kolkata. He watched farmers in Rwanda, country had already visited, but as an economist. Now the mission was another. His perspective had changed, but he was the same. Driven by the same empathy for the human condition.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

THE END OF THE ROAD 1984-1986 -- For his next project, which would lead to Sahel in Africa,
Sebastiao began working with MSF. I worked in Ethiopia in 1984. And then I continued throughout the Sahel, 85 and 86. Finally, spend nearly two years in a row in this region doing a story about hunger. There was a refugee camp, the largest in the history of mankind so far. I had a wild desire to show that. To show that there was a large part of humanity is living in poverty. Which it was mostly a problem of deals, not just a question of natural disasters. ... Dying here is like a continuation of life. People get used to die.
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The skin of the people were like the bark of trees. Trees marked by wind and sand, by sandstorms. There were only women and children. The men went to Libya to work, or they migrated to Ivory Coast in search of work with the promise to return and bring food for the family. But very few returned.

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jimg2000
Jul 19, 2016

The eyes speak volumes, the expression of the face. When you do a portrait, is not you alone who takes the picture. The person offers photo.
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Infant mortality was very high in the northeast of Brazil. These are children who died before baptism. It is believed that unbaptized children, they have no right to go to heaven. They stay in a region between both worlds, called limbo. Children buried with his eyes closed, they were baptized. If his eyes were open ... and they buried him to find his way. Otherwise, it was wandering for eternity.
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In Brazil, we had and still have a great movement of landless peasants. Many of them, the majority come from here. Proviene del northeast of Brazil. They are people a great moral force, great physical strength, despite being very fragile because they eat poorly.

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