Review of The Salt of the Earth (2014)

Moving picture, 110 minutes

Seen in 2015.

The photographer Sebastião Salgado.

A very clever blend of biography, talking-head commentary on greyscale photographs, and on-site action. Admirably serious. The man is obviously attracted to horrific spectacles, as demonstrated by the Kuwait sequence, but the turn towards nature photography and primitive societies after the heart of darkness is inspiring. I had not heard of the effort to replant the Mata Atlantica: A suitable effort at human redemption.

moving picture non-fiction