The Salt of the Earth


2015 Season
London, Toronto

The photographer Sebastião Salgado was a refugee in the 1970s, fleeing the military dictatorship in Brazil. He became a global wanderer, photographing epochal events of violence and displacement, including Rwanda, Bosnia, and the war in Iraq. This film, made by Salgado's son Juliano and the award-winning director Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), follows the photographer across continents as he builds a new masterwork on climate change, one breath-taking image at a time. Salgado's eye as an artist is second to none in the world of photojournalism. This film explores the fascinating journey that gave Salgado his unique perspective.
2015 Academy Award Nominee® for Best Documentary Feature


Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
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In Arabic, French, and Tamashek with English subtitles
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Wim Wenders

One of the most important figures to emerge from the "New German Cinema" period in the 1970s, Wenders was a founding member of the German film distributor Filmverlag der Autoren in 1971 and he established his own production company, Road Movies, in Berlin in 1975. He lives in Berlin, together with his wife, photographer Donata Wenders.

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was born in 1974 in Paris, where he grew up in a Franco-Brazilian environment. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado has made a number of short films and documentaries for French television. He is now working on his first feature-length film that is to be filmed in Sáo Paolo, Brazil.