Sunday, February 24, 2008

Salt of the Earth

Appreciations to Marx and Coca-Cola blogger for posting Salt of the Earth video . Made in 1954 by blacklisted filmmakers .

Not just about a miners strike but also about racism and sexism .

Salt of the Earth is based on a 1950 strike by zinc miners in Silver City, New Mexico. Against a backdrop of social injustice, a riveting family drama is played out by the characters of Ramon and Esperanza Quintero, a Mexican-American miner and his wife. In the course of the strike, Ramon and Esperanza find their roles reversed: an injunction against the male strikers moves the women to take over the picket line, leaving the men to domestic duties. The women evolve from men's subordinates into their allies and equals.

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