Based on an actual strike at a zinc mine in New Mexico, the film exposes discrimination against MexicanAmerican miners who fought to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated humanely by their bosses. Many of the artists, including director Herbert Biberman (one of The Hollywood Ten), writer Michael Wilson (clandestine author of Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia), and producer Paul Jarrico, were blacklisted and thus forced to create one of the first independent US films. By linking the oppression of the workers to the workers’ oppression of their wives, the film delivers a message that is strongly feminist as well as pro-union. Most of the actors in the film are the miners themselves and their wives. Salt of the Earth has been deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Screenings take place on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. $4 suggested donation. Space is limited! Light refreshments served before each screening.
Take the 1 or R to Rector St.; 2-3 or 4-5 to Wall St.; J-Z to Broad St. or the A-C to Fulton St. Near the PATH train & buses. Call for directions, (212) 354-1252.