Salt of the Earth

Series: Ollin: Social Justice Series

Ollin: Social Justice Film Series presents director Herbert Biberman’s classic black and white film SALT OF THE EARTH! Representative Diego Hernandez, District 47 will be in attendance for a post-film discussion, moderated by Andrea Valderrama, Senior Policy Advisor City of Portland, on the film’s social justice themes.

Released in 1954, SALT OF THE EARTH is a feminist drama set in a small mining community in New Mexico. Based on the true events of a 1951 miners’ strike, the movie profiles the struggles of workers against brutal conditions and treatment due to corporate negligence. Esperanza Quintero, the wife of a protesting miner, must combat sexism and racism on both sides of the conflict to build a better future for her family. SALT OF THE EARTH highlights the complexity of gender, labor, and family relationships during a hostile political climate. Directed by black-listed director Herbert Biberman, the film stars Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, and Will Geer along with a cast of majority nonprofessional actors.

Presented by Latino Network and Hollywood Theatre.

Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass

Assistive Listening
Herbert Biberman
Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, Will Geer
94 min
Closed captioning
Available on request