Salt of the Earth and the Spiritual Exercises


Last night, I watched “Salt of the Earth,” a film about the photographer Sebastiao Selgado and his work. It’s a deeply spiritual film. Selgado’s work has largely been social photography, recording the lives of miners, refugees in Sudan, and Rwanda in the midst of the civil war and death.  His work stunningly captures people’s stories. The film is also about Selgado and is a good example of a person who took the risk to live out his “calling” fully and with total abandon. One can see his total passion for photography and his delight in the kind of work that he does–a good example of what it’s like to find work that is vocational.

Of course, the subjects with which he became engaged were people who suffered terribly, largely at the hands of other human beings’ violence and selfishness. I kept thinking during the movie of the meditation from Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises in which one imagines the Holy Trinity looking down from heaven and seeing humanity and its suffering:

“men and women being born and being laid to rest, some getting married and others getting divorced, the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the happy and the sad, so many people aimless, despairing, hateful, and killing, so many undernourished, sick, and dying, so many struggling with life and blind to any meaning. With God, I can hear people laughing and crying, some shouting and screaming, some praying, others cursing.”  (trans. Fleming SJ)

Of course, Selgado is not God and powerless to stop the suffering that he witnesses over and over again.  The film also explores his coming up against evil as he encounters more and more human suffering, in a way, taking the viewer into seeing something like a Week Three experience from the Exercises. I won’t spoil the film’s ending, but how he resolves his next vocational choice is a kind of a Week Four/ resurrection experience, too.

“Salt of the Earth” is described here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3674140/ and currently rentable on itunes.

One thought on “Salt of the Earth and the Spiritual Exercises

  1. Hi Marina!

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