Salt of the Earth

Rated NR 94 minutes 1954

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.

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Director: Herbert Biberman

Writer: Michael Biberman and Michael Wilson

Producer: Adolfo Barela, Sonja Biberman and Paul Jarrico

Cast: Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacon, Will Geer, Adolfo Barela, David Wolfe, Melvin Williams, David Sarvis, Henrietta Williams, Ernest Velasquez and Angela Sanchez

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