In addition to being a pioneer of New German Cinema and an accomplished photographer, playwright, and author, Wim Wenders has directed some of the most pivotal artist profile documentaries of our time. Buena Vista Social Club helped resurrect the careers of Cuban musicians nearly lost to the past during Castro’s takeover of Cuba. Pina provided an unforgettable 3-D tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch. And Salt of the Earth profiled the photographer Sebastião Salgado, whose life work honors the dispossessed and bears witness to the human condition. For each of these films, Wenders earned Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Feature. In this conversation, Wender’s also discussed his latest documentary, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.
IDA Conversation Series: Wim Wenders
October 9, 2018