Salt Of The Earth: Film And Discussion

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Salt Of The Earth: Film And Discussion
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Can A Border Divide Us? says
“The Salt of the Earth” is perhaps the first feminist movie ever made in Hollywood. It is certainly the first film that depicted the struggle of Latina women for dignity and justice. It is also a movie that was profoundly important to the Mexican American labor movement of the fifties and again to the Chicano movement in late sixties and seventies. Tragically it was released in the midst of the Communist scare and the McCarthy era. It’s pro-labor stance and the producer’s collaboration with a leftist union, Mine Mill International, caused right wing panic in Washington and Hollywood. It was blacklisted immediately after its release. It was shown in only 13 commercial theaters. However it became an underground inspirational film shown in Union halls and Mexican church basements across the southwest.


Chris Newman has lectured on the film “The Salt of the Earth” at the University of California, Los Angeles as well as other institutions of higher learning. Mr. Newman’s interest in the “Salt of the Earth coincides with his work defending and advancing day laborer’s rights.
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