Subversives: Salt of the Earth

2/8/2021; 55 minutes

Gabriel Meléndez discusses Herbert J. Biberman's 1954 film Salt of the Earth, a classic of Chicanx and feminist cinemas. With Stephen Borunda, Meléndez discusses the film's historical context and the political controversies surrounding its production and release. Salt of the Earth offers a neorealist retelling of a fifteen-month-long strike against the Empire Zinc mining company, initiated in 1951 by Mexican-American miners and their families in Grant County, New Mexico. Recorded on 01/21/2021. (#36792)

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