Radical Movie Night: Salt Of The Earth Hosted By BFFL

date: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

time: 7 PM - 9 PM

description: Radical Movie Night will be Hosted by Boston Feminists for Liberation (BFFL) tonight!

Movie: Salt of the Earth
It has subtitles in spanish (film in english)
Discussion to follow the movie.


A film based on the strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico. It is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view. With the exception of five actors, the cast is comprised of non-professionals, mostly participants of the real-life strike. Set in a New Mexico mining town, the film concerns the measures taken by the largely Hispanic union to improve working and living conditions for the poverty-stricken workers. It deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who strive to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. The film is an early display of feminism, in which the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike. It is the wives who keep the strike alive while their husbands are beaten and otherwise oppressed by the owners. Not that the miners wholeheartedly accept this; one of the script's many on-target observations shows the macho workers resenting their wives' intervention. This film was written, directed and produced by members of the original "Hollywood Ten," who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds.

Trailer for Salt of the Earth

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This information was initially added November 21st, 2012 at 5:30 PM,
and last updated December 6th, 2012 at 3:27 PM.