“No American film is more inspiring and emotionally satisfying than this remarkable 1954 film.” (Danny Peary, Cult Movies II). Salt of the Earth is the work of blacklisted filmmakers Herbert Biberman, Paul Jarrico, and Michael Wilson, and is the only entire film of the era that was suppressed for political reasons. Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses.
Q&A following screening with Rick Winston. Winston was co-founder of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater, and was Programmer for the Green Mountain Film Festival for many years. Since the sale of the Savoy, he has been a lecturer with the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, speaking on the Hollywood Blacklist and other film subjects.
Sponsored by Don and Susan Foster