A Film that Teaches
The Salt of the Earth
Art can be expressed as a medium that engages the spirit and the imagination.
“The Salt of the Earth” certainly does that.
The film maker superimposes photographs by Salgado on a conversation that continues throughout the film between Grandfather, father and son; a career that spans more than fifty years.
Photograph is derived from two Greek words meaning painting with light. Salgado’s images are typically high-contrast and stunning in the subjects they portray.
He spent several periods in Africa: in Somalia, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Mali, Niger.
The portrayal of famine, disease, drought, starvation, and the evil of mankind towards fellow man left me speechless and powerless.
It disturbed me at a fundamental level and as I write this I’m still overwhelmed. Some of this may be attributed to a tragedy in his own life: his second son was born with Down Syndrome.
However, this film is a tour-de-force.
The documentary style draws the audience into the conversation between the Delgados and we get a real feel for the humanity of this exceptional photographer.