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"Araya" is an old natural salt mine located in a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela which was still, by 1959, being exploited manually five hundred years after its discovery by the Spanish. Margot Benacerraf captures in images, the life of the "salineros" and their archaic methods of work before their definite disappearance with the arrival of the industrial exploitation.

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Araya belongs to 9 collections
1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 62 stars)
2. Humanity and the Natural World (public: moderated by paulofilmo - 16 stars)
3. FIPRESCI Prize (public: moderated by paulofilmo - 11 stars)
4. Most popular film from each country (as of 12/2014) (public: moderated by juandr - 2 stars)
5. Cannes 1959 Official Selection (public: moderated by djross)
6. Movies I Saw in Theaters (private: theficionado)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Dec 28, 2017 mathiasa
80T10
Dec 07, 2017 vitruvian vitruvian
90T9
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
80T9
Apr 11, 2017 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
71T9
Apr 11, 2017 filmaffinity filmaffinity
75T10
Mar 27, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
66T7
Jan 30, 2017 alexlma alexlma
8T8
Jan 29, 2017 Villane
100T10
Dec 23, 2016 auhasarderik auhasarderik
8T8
You can do without the would-be literate, corny narration, coz the rest of it is riveting, even visually. Best VEN movie ever? Best I've seen.
Dec 19, 2016 jeffv jeff_v
69T6
Oct 04, 2016 bal3x bal3x
71T9
Jul 23, 2016 LuxNatalis LuxNatalis
51T4
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80T6
Feb 04, 2016 Mochard Mochard
60T6
Jan 27, 2016 Fergenaprido Fergenaprido
78T8
Jan 23, 2016 Lilarcor Lilarcor
65T3
Jan 20, 2016 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
83T8
A poetic approach to poverty where the imagery is beautiful and the work is harsh but purposeful. The good amount of narration describing the workers and their tasks and all the surrounding work in the town gives a pretty full portrait of their daily grind. It doesn't romanticize things but doesn't get despondent about it either. Being made in the 50s gives it a different perspective than if it were made today. It does lack a bit of depth and bite, but I didn't find that to be a major drawback.
Jan 16, 2016 Toke Za
80T9
Jan 12, 2016 Lonewolf2003
70T4
Jan 07, 2016 tommy_leazaq
59T7
Jan 04, 2016 sacmersault sacmersault
76T7
Jan 03, 2016 debaser1985
70T6
Jan 02, 2016 mightysparks mightysparks
48T3
Jan 02, 2016 Ginnymuis
76T6
Dec 31, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
40T9
Dec 29, 2015 toro913
66T7
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
70T1
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
70T7
Nov 06, 2015 Seethruskin Seethruskin
6T10
Nov 06, 2015 Darren Darren
97T10
Some of the best looking photography you'll ever see. Just pure beauty and sweat. Not far off from those Soviet flicks I adore.
Oct 18, 2015 Niska Niska
39T7
Oct 02, 2015 RavynLoony RavynLoony
68T8
Mar 23, 2015 gargantua gargantua
90T10
Dec 09, 2014 roger-ebert
35T8
Dec 02, 2014 guvolefou guvolefou
85T10
Biraz Flaherty, biraz Yenigerçekçilik, biraz cinema verité ve hatta biraz Bunuel (Las hurdes, evet). Sonuç bir tür meditatif, hipnotik, eşi benzeri olmayan bir başyapıt.
Sep 12, 2014 alternatim
83T6
May 28, 2014 badjuice bad_juice
65T9
Mar 25, 2014 RandallODim
85T8
Feb 15, 2014 jpmarchant
80T1
Dec 03, 2013 Risselada Risselada
66T5
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70T7
Jan 13, 2013 lucidquasar
70T5
Oct 08, 2012 AVclub
8T7
Aug 19, 2012 Antoine
68T4
Jul 19, 2012 felipelahm felipelahm
82T9
Apr 21, 2012 Coheed
50T3
Apr 10, 2012 Bandy Bandy
75T6
Apr 03, 2012 CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
76T6
Mar 11, 2012 ailm ailm
56T5
Jan 05, 2012 pristinepain gabaguillar
92T8
Nov 23, 2011 jonnykungfu
75T7
Aug 09, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
67T7
Jul 22, 2011 alternative
9T10
Jan 26, 2011 theficionado
88T9
Oct 24, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
40T10
"Araya is an artifactual account of human sweat that aims for pithy sympathy but strikes a far more bewitching bull's-eye." - Joseph Jon Lanthier
Jan 26, 2010 vanderdoido vanderdoido
80T6
Dec 13, 2009 imdb imdb
82T10
Oct 14, 2009 MCR
67T7
Average Tier 7.14 from 58 Rankings rss