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8.6
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610 Ratings

Salt of the Earth

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Directed by Herbert J. Biberman
United States, 1954
Drama, History
      English
      English

Synopsis

Based on a real strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film follows Mexican-American workers, who strike for wage parity with Anglo workers and be treated with dignity. When an injunction is issued, the wives take up the battle with a fury, leaving husbands and children at home.

Our take

Depicting the prejudices faced by Mexican-Americans with a feminist and pro-labor position, this powerful and persuasive, yet long-suppressed and blacklisted film was promptly decried as communist propaganda. A rare and radical classic of American independent and social-realist cinema.

Synopsis

Based on a real strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film follows Mexican-American workers, who strike for wage parity with Anglo workers and be treated with dignity. When an injunction is issued, the wives take up the battle with a fury, leaving husbands and children at home.

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Salt of the EarthDirected byHerbert J. Biberman
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Awards & Festivals

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International Film Festival Rotterdam
1976
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
1954 | 2 wins including: Best Actress
National Film Preservation Board
1992 | Winner: National Film Registry

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