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Over the past 40 years Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado's work has won every major award for excellence. More importantly, his photographs have had an actual impact on the world and how it is seen, bringing conditions of famine and poverty to the attention of a jaded first world in a profound and arresting way. Best known for ""Ways of Seeing,"" the seminal book and BBC series on art criticism, John Berger is one of the world's leading critics of art and photography. In THE SPECTRE OF HOPE Sebastião Salgado joins Berger to pore over Salgado's collection ""Migrations."" Six years and 43 countries in the making (ranging across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America), ""Migrations"" contains photographs of people pushed from their homes and traditions to cities and their margins - slums and streets and refugee camps. Sitting at the kitchen table of Berger's home in the Swiss Alps, their intimate conversation, intercut with photographs from ""Migrations,"" combines a discussion of Salgado's work with a critique of globalization, and a wide-ranging investigation of the power of the image.

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THE SPECTRE OF HOPE is both a remarkable conversation between Brazilian economist-photographer Sebastião Salgado and British art critic-novelist John Berger and a stunning portrait (in Salgado's pictures) of what globalization really looks like in Rwanda, Mexico, Mozambique, Sudan and erstwhile Yugoslavia. --New York Magazine

Moving, thought-provoking and utterly enthralling. THE SPECTRE OF HOPE proves that it is possible to make gripping television about still black and white photos, and, what is more, to amplify the experience."" --The Art Newspaper

Poetic... Through close-ups of Salgado's black-and-white images we see with unflinching eyes the plight of displaced peasants, refugees and migrant workers as they move out of their rural homelands and into cities and slums. But as the title suggests, Salgado sees hope - especially evident in his portraits of children - in that the current economic situation is chosen, and therefore changeable. --Photo District News Online

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  • Actors: John Berger, Sebastiao Salgado
  • Directors: Sebastiao Salgado
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071WQ8A6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Stoddard on February 15, 2013
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The Spectre of Hope is an amazing look at the work of photographer/economist Sebastiao Salgado. His visual exploration of the effects of a globalized economy on the third world is must know material for anyone living in the fast disintegrating first world. This movie shows us the plight of the 'other', and warns us that we are dangerously close to becoming these 'others'. As incomes become tenuous, as markets move in search of profit instead of happiness what is left behind are the growing masses on the short end of globalization. Mr. Salgado has captured all of this in the beautiful black and white images that make up this film. His conversation with John Berger illuminates the process behind this massive work photographing the millions of dispossessed.
Buy this movie and show it to anyone who will watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Morrow on February 2, 2015
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Outstanding in all the ways that would matter to a caring and concerned community!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lena on November 7, 2014
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Very powerful
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