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A Film Restored, A Director Revered

This month, on the 50th anniversary of its Cannes acclaim, the Venezuelan film “Araya” and its revered director, Margot Benacerraf, stand in the spotlight again as the restored film comes to select theaters.

Araya: El documental como poesía

Fifty years after its successful premiere at Cannes, the film Araya has been restored.

En español | In 1959, a Venezuelan film called Araya won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the coveted International Critics Prize. A neo-realistic, documentary-like film about the hardscrabble lives of salt miners and fishermen on an impoverished Caribbean peninsula, Araya played at a number of major film festivals and received some commercial distribution, but then faded into relative obscurity—not even shown in its native land until 17 years later. … Back to Article

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