Der Weiße Schatz und die Salzarbeiter von Caquena

Germany 2011, Documentary, 52’ | Director, DoP Eva Katharina Bühler | Sound, assistant DoP Robert Nickolaus | Editor Matthias Scharfi | Music Johannes Weißgerber | Sound Daniele Guida | Cast Daniel Lopez Colque, Juan Lopez Gonzales, Rosauro Lopez Huayllani and the villagers of Caquena | Production Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg | Distribution Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

»I think that the gringos started back then with the lithium.« Don Rosauro stands in the middle of an endless white expanse. He is a salt worker at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. In the largest salt desert on earth, descendants of the Aymara Indians are extracting salt here at a height of 3,670 metres. The largest lithium deposits in the world are assumed to be lying beneath the raw white surface of the salt lake, the material required for handys, laptops and in large amounts for the batteries of the electric cars of the future. How will the microcosm of the salt workers change when they are reached by the globalised world? The film Der weiße Schatz describes in a close-up portrait the last calm before the storm, an intact world in which the signs of coming changes can no longer be overlooked.

 

Biographie
EVA KATHARINA BÜHLER is born in 1981 in Achern. She discovers painting and photography at an early age and in 2002 wins the German Youth Photo Prize. After studying audiovisual media at the Stuttgart Media University, she gains practical experience, including at the WDR and with X-Filme. In 2005, she begins a double study in directing and camera at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. She concludes this in 2011 with the films Monika and Der weiße Schatz. There follow commissioned productions for 3sat, SWR and Arte.

 

Films by Eva Katharina Bühler (Selection)
Cinematography: Monika 2011 | Beelzebub 2010 | Frei Sein 2008 | Vogel.tot 2008 | Cinematographer and Director: Alles in mir 2009 | Alles was bleibt 2007

 

Award for ›Der weiße Schatz‹
Kodak Kamerapreis 2011

 

 

Eva Katharina Bühler
Germany
2011
Documentary
2012
Competition for Directors of Photography