1959 | Venezuela | Documentary,Experimental


  • Spanish English 90 mins
  • Director | Margot Benacerraf
  • Writer | Margot Benacerraf, Pierre Seghers

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Araya is a 1959 Venezuelan-French documentary film directed by Margot Benacerraf and co-written by Benacerraf and Pierre Seghers. It depicts the lives of laborers who extract salt from the sea off the Araya peninsula in Venezuela. Their method for extracting salt, virtually unchanged for centuries, depends on grueling physical labor, but provides a dependable, if meager, living for the men and their families. The film ends with a recently built plant for mechanized salt extraction that could eliminate the community's traditional source of income.

Salt Mine Mine Laborer Sea Venezuela