The Spectre of Hope

The Spectre of Hope

DVD - 2012
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Sebastiao Salgado joins John Berger to pore over Salgado's collection 'Migrations'. Six years and 43 countries in the making, 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, their intimate conversation, intercut with photographs from Migrations, combines a discussion of Salgado's work with a critique of globalization.
Publisher: [United States] : Icarus Films, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 779 SPECTRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.+ 1 booklet


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Jan 11, 2017

A brilliant look at Salgado's work. A seething indictment of globalization.

Sep 10, 2015

Not any fault with this film, except that it feels too short. Berger's succinctness and moral clarity really is half the film. No stills gallery.

Aug 11, 2014

This is a very valuable and worthwhile film. Unfortunately it seems to have suffered from too few eyes being involved in editing the film. John Berger quotes poet Cesar Vallejo twice but only gives his name the second time (Cesar Vallejo 1892-1938) and poet Juan Gelman once (1930-2014) -- I feel that since the poets added so much that they should have been clearly recognized in the film. The evils of globalization and why so many were migrating was not clearly explained - thus unfortunately it robbed the film of some of its power by not providing good sources to clarify the seen tragedies. Undoubtfully some of the lack of smoothness was based on the director's sense that this would not be a film that paid for itself time and time again. After all its subject is very difficult to look at but even so every American might have a different perspective after seeing it.


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Jul 30, 2014

Epidemics of cholera: Globally, cholera incidence has increased steadily since 2005 with cholera outbreaks affecting several continents. Cholera continues to pose a serious public health problem among developing world populations which have no access to adequate water and sanitation resources. In 2012, 48% of cases were reported from Africa whereas between 2001 and 2009, 93% to 98% of total cases worldwide were reported from that continent. (World Health Organization -


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