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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 10 collections
1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 64 stars)
2. Humanity and the Natural World (public: moderated by paulofilmo - 16 stars)
3. Best of criticker: Documentary (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 13 stars)
4. FIPRESCI Prize (public: moderated by paulofilmo - 11 stars)
5. Most popular film from each country (as of 12/2014) (public: moderated by juandr - 3 stars)
6. Cannes 1959 Official Selection (public: moderated by djross)
7. Movies I Saw in Theaters (private: theficionado)
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TCI | Percentile | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
May 13 kdKRJn
0 9%
Apr 10 mate_cosido
65 39%
Dec 28, 2017 mathiasa
80 90%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
80 89%
Apr 11, 2017 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
72 91%
Apr 11, 2017 filmaffinity filmaffinity
75 93%
Mar 27, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
66 64%
Jan 30, 2017 alexlma alexlma
8 71%
Jan 29, 2017 Villane
100 92%
Dec 23, 2016 auhasarderik auhasarderik
8 78%
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
69 56%
Oct 04, 2016 bal3x bal3x
71 82%
Jul 23, 2016 LuxNatalis LuxNatalis
51 39%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80 55%
Feb 04, 2016 Mochard Mochard
60 28%
Jan 27, 2016 Fergenaprido Fergenaprido
78 74%
Jan 23, 2016 Lilarcor Lilarcor
65 27%
Jan 20, 2016 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
83 72%
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
80 84%
Jan 12, 2016 Lonewolf2003
70 38%
Jan 07, 2016 tommy_leazaq
59 63%
Jan 04, 2016 sacmersault sacmersault
76 68%
Jan 03, 2016 debaser1985
70 58%
Jan 02, 2016 mightysparks mightysparks
48 25%
Jan 02, 2016 Ginnymuis
76 49%
Dec 31, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
40 86%
Dec 29, 2015 toro913
66 67%
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
70 8%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
70 66%
Nov 06, 2015 Seethruskin Seethruskin
6 94%
Nov 06, 2015 Darren Darren
97 98%
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
39 62%
Oct 02, 2015 RavynLoony RavynLoony
68 76%
Mar 23, 2015 gargantua gargantua
90 96%
Dec 09, 2014 roger-ebert
35 79%
Dec 02, 2014 guvolefou guvolefou
85 92%
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
83 48%
May 28, 2014 badjuice bad_juice
65 86%
Mar 25, 2014 RandallODim
85 77%
Feb 15, 2014 jpmarchant
80 5%
Dec 03, 2013 Risselada Risselada
66 43%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70 64%
Jan 13, 2013 lucidquasar
70 38%
Oct 08, 2012 AVclub
8 69%
Aug 19, 2012 Antoine
68 33%
Jul 19, 2012 felipelahm felipelahm
82 86%
Apr 21, 2012 Coheed
50 28%
Apr 10, 2012 Bandy Bandy
75 53%
Apr 03, 2012 CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
76 51%
Mar 11, 2012 ailm ailm
56 47%
Jan 05, 2012 pristinepain gabaguillar
92 79%
Nov 23, 2011 jonnykungfu
75 66%
Aug 09, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
67 69%
Jul 22, 2011 alternative
9 87%
Jan 26, 2011 theficionado
88 87%
Oct 24, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
40 97%
"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
80 57%
Dec 13, 2009 imdb imdb
82 96%
Oct 14, 2009 MCR
67 61%
Average Percentile 64.15% from 59 Rankings rss