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Salt of the Earth

30 September 2014 | 8:30pm - 10:45pm

88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Salt of the Earth

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Countries of production: United States | Year: 1954 | Length: 94 min
Language: English, Spanish with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Banned for a decade in the US , this pioneering agitprop drama traces the story a mine-workers’ strike against so-called “austerity measures”.

When a debilitating accident befalls a New Mexican zinc miner as a result of safety cutbacks, Mexican and US miners alike decide to withdraw their labour. But it is only when the workers’ wives get involved – bringing a moving and lyrical definition to solidarity – that the balance of power painfully starts to shift.

Featuring mainly real-life miners and their families, Salt of the Earth remains a fresh and rousing call for on-going non-violent resistance in the face of consumer and corporate exploitation.


Beyond the Screen

Stay with us after the film to explore the legacy of the mining strikes in Scotland and the role of women in the movement. All Take One Action screenings include simple, inspiring opportunities for audiences to connect and share ideas for creative and effective personal action.


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