In “The Salt of the Earth,” film Director Wim Wender calls on us to contemplate the ways that a photographer who captures atrocities can both awaken and dull our conscience by creating a sense of intense immediacy while making us acutely aware of the distance between us and the sufferer.
New York Times film critic A. O. Scott says, “The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders’s new documentary about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, elegantly inhabits a moral and aesthetic paradox. Mr. Salgado’s photographs illuminate some of the worst horrors of the modern world: starvation, war, poverty, displacement. They are also beautiful, dramatic visual artifacts, and their power has a double effect. We are drawn into the contemplation of terrible realities, but at the same time our attention turns to the person bearing witness.”
For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been traveling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty.
Wenders collaborated with Salgado’s son Juliano, who is co-director of “The Salt of the Earth.” Together, they created a colourful portrait of a visionary photographer. You can see it at Greens N Grains Cafe on Thursday, February 4.
Greens N Grains Cafe offers a natural and organic dinner special each evening before the screening. Enjoy a delicious soup specialty, salad, a fresh baked roll and a cup of tea for $7.50, available from 6 pm on. Dinner and a Movie Night screenings take place at 7 pm and there is no charge to attend, but seating at screenings is limited to 28 people. Dinner and film reservations are requested. RSVP by calling 920.868.9999 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greens N Grains Cafe is open Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 10 am – 4 pm, except on movie nights when they remain open until 9 pm. The Natural Food Store is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, located in downtown Egg Harbor at 7821 Hwy 42.