Dir. Margot Benacerraf
On DVD 04/05/11
Benacerraf’s tour de force ARAYA explores a day in the lives of three families living in Araya, an arid peninsula in northeastern Venezuela. For centuries, since its discovery by the Spanish, the region’s salt was collected and stacked into radiant white pyramids. Benacerraf captures breathtaking and unforgettable images – from the saliñeros toiling to build the mountains of salt, to fishermen hauling in huge teeming nets, to a young girl and her grandmother laying “flowers” of shells on windswept graves.
Benacerraf's meticulously planned tone poem’s imagery, music, sound, and language create a moving and magical exploration of a desolate place and the remarkable people who lived there.
Narrator José Ignacio Cabrujas Narrator Laurent Tarzieff
Directed by Margot Benacerraf Written by Margot Benacerraf Pierre Seghers Cinematography by Giuseppe Nisoli Edited by Pierre Jalluad Original Music Guy Bernard Produced by Henry Nadler
New 2K scan from the original 35mm interpositive
Restored Spanish soundtrack with new English subtitles and French language soundtrack
Reveron - the first film by Margot Benacerraf (1953, B&W, 23 mins)
The Film of Her Life: Araya - documentary by Antoine Mora
Two extensive television interviews with Margot Benacerraf.
Two Audio Commentaries: Interviews with Margot Benacerraf on ARAYA and REVERON.
ARAYA American trailer.
ARAYA Presskit (PDF file for download)
From the Files of Margot Benacerraf (PDF file for download)
Catalog Number: Mile00114
DVD UPC: 784148011448