My Name is Salt, Documentary by Farida Pacha
Filmed entirely in India, the documentary MY NAME IS SALT will have its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 14. Director Farida Pacha documents an entire season of salt farming in this poetic and visually stunning meditation on hard work.
Directed by Farida Pacha
Produced by Leafbird Films
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, International Madrid Documentary Festival
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Winner, Best First Appearance, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
The saline desert of the Little Rann of Kutch, India extends endlessly – flat, grey, relentless. There is not a tree or blade of grass. But there is one thing in abundance: salt. Salt is everywhere, lying just beneath the cracked, baked surface of the earth. For eight months of every year, Chhanabhai and his family - along with thousands of others - labor under the blinding glare of the desert sun to extract delicate salt crystals from this desolate landscape. They have been doing this for generations.
Director Farida Pacha documents an entire season of salt farming in this poetic and visually stunning meditation on hard work. MY NAME IS SALT not only provides the audience with an incredible record of the effort it takes to produce this simple ingredient, but also quietly moves them to examine their own relationship with work.
MY NAME IS SALT is written and directed by Farida Pacha. The film is produced by Lutz Konermann and Farida Pacha forLeafbird Films. With cinematography by Lutz Konermann, editing by Katharina Fiedler, and music by Marcel Vaid.
Switzerland, India / 2013 / 92 mins / DCP
In Gujarati, with English subtitles