Dinka group at Pagarau cattle camp, Southern Sudan, Africa, 2006, photo by Sebastião Salgado

Dinka group at Pagarau cattle camp, Southern Sudan, Africa, 2006 – photo by Sebastião Salgado

It’s here! This week, 250 of the world’s leading galleries and throngs of art lovers jet in from all corners of the globe for Art Week in Miami, transforming the city into a tantalizing landscape of art and culture. Among the many fairs, exhibits, and pop-up galleries, Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) heartily recommends the  Sebastião Salgado: “Genesis” exhibition—a riveting selection of images shot during an eight-year period in Alaska, Siberia, Africa, and South America—currently on display at Wynwood’s Dina Mitrani Gallery (2620 NW 2nd Avenue). For the past 40 years, Salgado has created some of the most indelible photographs of our time and most recently has embarked on the discovery of pristine territories, wild fauna and flora, and grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, inspiring an overwhelming call to action for greater stewardship of our planet’s natural resources.

Wim Wenders' The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth

MiamiFF  is proud to announce today that The Salt of the Earth, a new film on Sebastião Salgado’s fascinating life and work, will have its highly-anticipated Florida Premiere at MiamiFF32, March 6 – 15, 2015. The film is co-directed by the renowned Brazilian photographer’s son, Juliano Ribero Salgado, and the great German filmmaker Wim Wenders (MiamiFF23′s Career Achievement Tributee in 2006).  An exceptionally clever and cinematic documentary, The Salt of the Earth projects “the master’s photographs onto a semi-transparent mirror that allows audiences to see both image and man” (Variety) and will compete for the $10,000 Knight Documentary Achievement Award, voted on by the public. The film will definitely be one of the Festival’s hottest tickets. Be sure to visit to the exhibit at Dina Mitrani Gallery and reserve your seat for The Salt of the Earth by clicking here.


film poster; scene from Los hongos

Also in celebration of Basel Art Fairs, and the wild eruption of street art that welcomes its arrival, MiamiFF is additionally honored to announce today that Los hongos, by celebrated Colombian filmmaker Oscar Ruiz Navia (Crab Trap, featured at MiamiFF27 in 2010), will have its US Premiere at MiamiFF32 as part of the Festival’s prestigious Knight Competition, one of 10 films that will be eligible for $40,000 Knight Grand Jury achievement award. Set in the streets of Navia’s hometown of Cali, Los hongos, follows two graffiti artists from different social classes, Ras and Calvin, who are drawn together by a mutual love of graffiti culture. The two motivate a group of mushrooming underground talent to create an epic mural as a heroic show of solidarity with the brave Egyptian women of the Arab Spring, as they connect cultures half a world away. The film is sure to have a similarly galvanizing effect on the myriad of talented street artists that have made Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood a world-famous phenomenon. Reserve your seat for Los hongos by clicking here.  —Tatyana Chiocchetti