India / Switzerland 2013, 92 min, Gujarati, Hebrew & English subtitles
To extract the world’s purest, whitest salt, every year, 40 thousand villagers move to the Little Rann of Kutch, a vast barren wasteland in Gujarat, India. They live there eight months a year, extracting salt from the earth like their fathers and their fathers’ fathers before them.
They work with their hands or with simple tools, their task almost Sisyphean. Entire families take part in building a world of salt that stretches as far as the eye can see, knowing that when the monsoons come, it will all be washed away. The repetitive effort, the sweat and the complete devotion resemble a religious ritual, an act of worship in a mesmerizing primal expanse. When the rain comes, the endless desert will become a sea, and only faith will bring the salt miners back.
Previous Festivals:IDFA, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival
Production: Farida Pacha, Lutz Konermann
Production Company: Leafbird Films Gmbh (ch)
Editing: Katharina Fiedler
Cinematography: Lutz Konermann
Music: Marcel Vaid
After obtaining a MFA in filmmaking at Southern Illinois University, USA, Farida Pacha has made several experimental, educational and documentary films. Her documentary The Seedkeepers won the 2006 Indian National Film Award. My Name is Salt is her first feature length documentary.