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A billowing cloud of fire and smoke in destroyed oil fields.
The Salt of the Earth


Presented with the Melbourne Writers Festival

The Salt of the Earth


24 Aug - 28 Aug

Considered by many as one of 2014’s best films, this fascinating documentary tells the sprawling story of the inter-continental work of famed photographer Sebastião Salgado.

While his photographs have captured some of the most important moments of conflict and disaster in the last 40 years, for Salgado, a new journey of discovery is beginning as he turns his eye to documenting the world’s flora, fauna and landscapes.

Tickets: $13 - $17. Member Discounts Available.
  • Directed by Wim Wenders, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Berlinale, The Salt of the Earth has garnered an enormous level of international acclaim, becoming a film festival staple through 2014, finding itself in Oscar© contention and winning the Special Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

    Salgado’s work captures intense moments of conflict, disaster and exodus. Like many of his comrades who are thrust into locations where a thin line separates life and death, there is great personal sacrifice.

    It’s through his photographs that we see the real impact as Salgado channels the intensity of each situation into some of the most stunning images you’ll see on screen. Imbued with great poetry and fine detail it’s the way in which Salgado transfers the high drama of the human condition to that of the natural world that proves most fascinating. What he captures in these explorations is, quite simply, breathtaking in drama and profound in scale.

    The Salt of the Earth is unmissable and unforgettable.