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3 World Stories: MY NAME IS SALT

Dir: Farida Pacha
Switzerland / India / 2013 / 92mins

Winner of Best Documentary at last year's Edinburgh Film Festival, My Name is Salt is a striking debut from Farida Pacha. Using Lutz Konermann's mesmerising cinematography to powerful effect, Pacha details the life of one family as they attempt a seemingly impossible task.

India's Little Ran of Kutch desert seems to extend for eternity. There's not a tree or blade of grass in sight, but for eight months of the year 40,000 men, women and children trek across India to make a living from this most unlikely place: harvesting salt.  Under the blinding glare of the sun we watch the family work the land as they have for years; the labour is a rhythmic dance that mirrors the dance of the mirages on the burning horizon. They must extract the salt before the monsoon rains return and desert becomes ocean once more. My Name is Salt is a stunning portrayal of an extraordinary world.

World Stories season is supported by the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Date: Sun 31 May 2015 - Wed 3 Jun 2015
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...it's a meditative, immersive picture of labour as an act of faith, made with striking flair and beauty - Sight and Sound

A beautifully-crafted meditation on the grueling work of salt production. (...) Director Farida Pacha and her cinematographer Lutz Konermann manage to distill this process into something exquisite, a film crystalline in its austere purity, like the commodity of the title - Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Best Documentary, Edinburgh Film Festival, 2014

Winner: First Feature, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2013

Winner: Documenta Film Festival, Madrid, 2014

Winner: Documenta Film Festival, Madrid, 2014

Official Selection: Hong Kong Film Festival, 2014