$5 Screening: Salt of the Earth (1954)

McKay's Knoxville Workers Union presents

$5 Screening: Salt of the Earth (1954)

Directed by
Herbert Biberman

Salt of the EarthCome celebrate International Workers’ Day with our friends at the McKay’s Knoxville Workers Union as we present this powerful labor docudrama, produced independently by blacklisted Hollywood creatives – and subsequently suppressed – at the height of the 1950s Red Scare.

At New Mexico’s Empire Zinc mine, Mexican-American workers protest the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacon) helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas), with a similar unfairness. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, however, the gender roles are reversed, and women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home.



Wednesday 5/1
6:00 pm