My Name Is Salt (OmeU)

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My Name Is Salt (OmeU)

Farida Pacha
Indien/CH, 2013
Documentaries, 92min, OmeU

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My Name Is Salt (OmeU)

Farida Pacha
Indien/CH, 2013
Documentaries, 92min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Farida Pacha
Sound: 
Sanjeev Gupta
Ramesh Birajdar
Camera: 
Lutz Konermann
Editor: 
Katharina Fiedler
Composer: 
Marcel Vaid

Production: 
Leafbird Films
World Sales: 
Leafbird Films
Distribution in Austria: 
trigon-Film Austria
Format: 
DCP
Color

The desert extends endlessly – flat, grey, relentless. There is not a tree or blade of grass or rock. But there is one thing in abundance: salt. Salt is everywhere, lying just beneath the cracked, baked surface of the earth. This is the Little Rann of Kutch, 5000 square kilometres of saline desert. And for eight months of the year, the salt people live here – laboriously extracting salt from this desolate landscape. They have been doing this for generations. Year after year, they migrate from their villages, 40,000 of them, to live on this bleak land without water, electricity or provisions. Arriving just after the monsoon, Sanabhai and his family will live here from September until April. Then the salt merchant sends his man to inspect the salt. No good, he says: the crystals are small, not white enough. he cuts the price agreed with Sanabhai at the beginning of the season. Sanabhai is downcast, but he shrugs his shoulders: what can you do? The next salt season will certainly be better.

In presence of Farida Pacha and Lutz Konermann  (Producer/Director of Photography).