Araya

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Released 1959

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Araya is a 1959 Venezuelan and French film written and directed by Margot Benacerraf and starring Jose Igancio Cabrujas and Laurent Terzieff. In the northern part of Venezuela there is a peninsula named Araya that reaches out into the Caribbean. Araya's inhabitants survive solely off the bounty of the sea. The region's countless salt mines have provided the natural resources for settlers for hundreds of years. From the 1500s through the 1950's the salt mines were exploited by hand and only in the last half century was the process mechanized. Margot Benacerraf's film takes place over the course of 24 hours, which in the case of Araya, is exactly the same as the 24 hours previous and the 24 hours ahead. The deterioration of the salt mines and the change industry has had relatively little effect on Araya, and despite it's sordid, infamous past, was only recently abandoned. Araya was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.moreless

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