My Name Is Salt – Film Review

My Name Is Salt - Film Review

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This award-winning documentary uncovers the devastating bleakness of Indian salt harvesting

Voted Best Documentary at 2014’s Edinburgh Film Festival, My Name Is Salt uncovers the devastating bleakness of Indian salt harvesting. Mumbai director Farida Pacha’s film begins with protagonist Sanabhai sat on his motorbike, before a truck containing tools, clothes and his young family appears through the haze. They set up home and begin a painstaking eight-month process of extracting salt from the rock-hard ground. Their livelihood depends on it, and Pacha captures Sanabhai’s desperation as humdrum family life unfolds around him. The tender moments can’t mask the strain on Pacha’s subjects, who are forced away when monsoon season submerges the plains, only to return months later and start all over again.