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293 Ratings


Directed by Margot Benacerraf
France, 1959
  • Spanish
  • English


The peninsula of Araya in Venezuela is one of the most arid places on earth. Since its discovery by the Spanish 500 years ago, the region’s salt has been exploited manually. Three stories underline the harsh life of this region—all of which vanished with the arrival of industrial exploitation.

Our take

In 1959 Hiroshima, mon amour shared a top award from Cannes with a Venezuelan film of matched accomplishment in pure cinema–and that film is Araya. A document of remnants of the pre-industrialized world, Araya is a breathtaking reinvention of documentary as something both political and mystical.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival


Berlin International Film Festival


BFI London Film Festival


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