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‘Salt of the Earth’ horrifies, stuns — and offers hope (Our grade: A-)

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Photographer Sebastiao Salgado has witnessed some of the world’s most explosive and horrific events, as detailed in “The Salt of the Earth.” This image was taken during the oil field fires during the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait.
Photographer Sebastiao Salgado has witnessed some of the world’s most explosive and horrific events, as detailed in “The Salt of the Earth.” This image was taken during the oil field fires during the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait.

Photographer Sebastiao Salgado has witnessed some of the world’s most explosive and horrific events, as detailed in “The Salt of the Earth.” This image was taken during the oil field fires during the 1991 Gulf War in Kuwait.

Sebastião Salgado spent decades going to the most hellish places on earth and documenting a litany of misery through photography. And about a decade ago, he hit a wall. His soul seemed empty, he said. So he did what he could to save himself. He began what he and his wife call the Genesis project, focusing on pristine parts of the Earth and grandiose landscapes.

These efforts are documented in the new documentary “The Salt of the Earth,” co-directed by Salgado’s son, Juliano, and famed filmmaker Wim Wenders. And it’s one of the most shocking — and inspiring — documentaries of the year.

» Read full review on MyStatesman.com | Find showtimes for “The Salt of the Earth” 


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