Salt of the Earth

All Equal? Sisters Truth To Power
Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Countries of production: United States | Year: 1954 | Length: 94 min
Language: English, Spanish with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF14

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.

has a strong claim to being the most ambitious American film ever made
The Guardian

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