MY NAME IS SALT
Switzerland, 2013, 92’
Editing: Katharina Fiedler
Photography: Lutz Konermann
Producer: Lutz Konermann, Farida Pacha
Producer Company: Leafbird Films
Music: Marcel Vaid
Sound: Sanjeev Gupta, Ramesh Birajdar, Florian Eidenbenz
Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea. Still they return, striving to make the whitest salt in the world.
Farida Pacha was born in 1972 in Bombay. After obtaining a MFA in filmmaking at Southern Illinois University, USA she 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 which won her among many others the First Appearance Award at IDFA 2013, Amsterdam as well as the main prizes at Hong Kong, Madrid, Edinburgh and the German Camera Award 2014 for Best Cinematography in a documentary film.
Festivals & Awards
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2014
Planete+Doc Festival, Warsaw, 2014
DOK.fest, Munich, 2014
FIFE Paris, 2014
Encounters, Johannesburg, 2014
German Camera Award, 2014
Edinburgh IFF Documentary Competition, 2014
DocumentaMadrid Feature Length Documentary Competition, 2014
Hong Kong IFF Documentary Competition, 2014
IDFA Amsterdam First Appearance Competition, 2013
Pelicam Documentary Film Festival, Tulcea, 2014