My Name Is Salt

Art & Culture

With all sorts of films marauding around the box office nowadays it can be hard to figure out what's actually worth watching and which films are just potential money-spinners for industry big-wigs. However, the documentary is a format which will surely continue to thrive given technical advance due, in most part, to the curiosity of the human race. We're always so keen to know what goes on behind the scenes and to find out about reality – not in the Kardashian/TOWIE sense (two names I had hoped never to darken Ransom Note pages with).

DocHouse are one of the best suppliers of top-notch documentaries within London and this Thursday (28th August) they're screening a film which will give you a glimpse into a world you might never have otherwise encountered. 'My Name Is Salt' explores the 'Little Ran of Kutch' desert in India which seems to extend for eternity. This barren land is crossed for eight months of the year 40,000 men, women and children, hoping to scrape a living by harvesting salt.

The struggle of the people is portrayed in great detail and this insight into a world so different from our own should make you think twice about some of the modern comforts that you take for granted. So why not head out and explore some of the furthest reaches of the world without having to leave London?

Following the film's screening at Institute of Contemporary Arts on Thursday, director Farida Pacha and cinematographer Lutz Konermann will join DocHouse for a Q&A. For tickets and more information, see the DocHouse website.