Salt of the Earth*

  • 1954 ----- b & w ----- 94 min ----- vhs///
  • (Directed by Herbert Biberman; with Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacon, Will Geer and members of Local 890 of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers) Herbert Biberman, one of the Hollywood Unfriendly Ten during the communist witch-hunt days of the 1950s, created a masterpiece in spite of the odds. A semi-documentary re-creation of an actual year-long strike of Mexican-American zinc miners, it used mostly a non-profession cast. The drama centers on the complex, changing relationship between one of the strikers and his wife. (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (American Ethnic Studies: Latino/Chicano, Labor Relations, Motion Pictures: Features)