Salt of the Earth: Wim Wenders’ New Documentary

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling 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.

Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.


Directed by Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Screenplay by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders, David Rosier

Cinematography Hugo Barbier, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Sound by Régis Muller Edited by Maxine Goedicke, Rob Myers Music Laurent Petitgand

Executive Producer Wim Wenders

Producer David Rosier

Coproduction Amazonas images, Solares delle arti

Production Manager David Rosier

With the support of La Région-Ile-de-France

With support of Les Amis de la Maison Européenne de la Photographie5 6


Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After two years of studying medicine and philosophy and a year-long stay in Paris as a painter, he attended the University of Television and Film in Munich from 1967 to 1970.

One of the most important figures to emerge from the “New German Cinema” period in the 1970s, he was a founding member of the German film distributor Filmverlag der Autoren in 1971 and he established his own production company, Road Movies, in Berlin in 1975. Alongside directing atmospheric auteur films, Wenders works with the medium of photography, and his poignant images of desolate landscapes engage themes including memory, time and movement. His photography series, “Pictures from the surface of the Earth” and “Places, strange and quiet”, have been exhibited in museums and art institutions around the world. Wim Wenders has published numerous books with essays and photographs.

Wim Wenders became a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin in 1984. He was awarded honorary doctorates at the Sorbonne University in Paris (1989), the Theological Faculty of the University of Fribourg (1995), the University of Louvain (2005) and the Architectural Faculty of the University of Catania (2010). He is a founding member and president of the European Film Academy and member of the order Pour le Mérite. Currently he is teaching film as a professor at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Win Wenders co-authored the book Inventing Peace with Mary Zournazi, published by I.B. Tauris, London.

Wenders is currently in post-production with his upcoming 3D feature film EVERY THING WILL BE FINE, starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams.

He lives in Berlin, together with his wife, photographer Donata Wenders.7

Filmography of Wim Wenders

Feature Films and Documentaries

2011 – Pina (3D)

2008 – Palermo Shooting

2005 – Don’t Come Knocking

2004 – Land of Plenty

2003 – The Blues Series: The Soul of a Man

2002 – Ode to Cologne

2000 – The Million Dollar Hotel

1998 – Buena Vista Social Club

1997 – The End of Violence

1996 – A Trick of the Light

1995 – Beyond the Clouds (with Michelangelo Antonioni)

1994 – Lisbonne Story

1993 – Faraway, So Close!

1991 – Until The End of the World

1989 – Notebook on Cities and Clothes

1987 – Wings of Desire

1985 – Tokyo-Ga

1984 – Paris, Texas

1982 – Hammett

1981 – L’Etat des choses

1980 – Nick’s Film – Lighting over Water

1977 – The American Friend

1976 – Kings of the Road

1975 – Wrong Move

1973 – Alice in the Cites

1972 – The Scarlet Letter

1971 – The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty

1970 – Summer in the City8


Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was born in 1974 in Paris, where he grew up in a Franco-Brazilian environment. In 1996, he made his first documentary for Arte, Suzana, on the use of anti-personnel mines in Angola. Other documentaries followed, made in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Brazil. At the same time, he made news reports for Canal+ in France and for TV Globo in Brazil. Salgado then entered the London Film School, from which he graduated in 2003.

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado has made a number of short films and documentaries for French television. His 2009 film, “Nauru an Island adrift.“, made for the Grand Format documentary unit of Arte, was selected by numerous international festivals (Hot Docs in Toronto and Le Festival Dei Populo in Florence).

He is now working on his first feature-length film that is to be filmed in Sáo Paolo, Brazil.