Sebastião Salgado and Wim Wenders are perfect together: veterans of photography and filmmaking respectively, and concerned with the political and spiritual – both subjects being treated deeply and rigorously.
The link is Salgado’s son, who co-directs and gives that much-needed personal dimension. But the star is the photos, exquisite on the big screen and articulately commented-upon by Salgado Sr. for long stretches (the minutes, however, fly by). The present-day parts, meanwhile, offer context and more incredible imagery as we follow the three men around the world. And for this brilliantly structured immersive essay, they – and we – are in perfect harmony.
Politics and nature, photography and anthropology – a genuine must-see for anyone who wants a studious, moving, sometimes horrifying and ultimately inspirational insight into what makes the world tick. Unmissable.
Directors: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Writers: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier
Synopsis: The Salt of the Earth tracks veteran photographer Sebastião Salgado as he talks through his life and work, while taking us to the ends of the Earth on his latest cross-continental journey.