Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth

Original title: Salt of the Earth
Production: Independent Productions; International Union of Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers
Country: United States
Director: Herbert J. Biberman
Script: Michael Wilson
Photography: Stanley Meredith; Leonard Stark
Music: Sol Kaplan
Cast: Rosaura Revueltas; Will Geer; David Wolfe; Mervin Williams
Year: 1953
Duration: 94
Genre: Historical
Color: BW
Original language: English
Languages available: English; Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish
Keywords: based on a true story, basado en hechos reales


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. The film is an early treatment of feminism, because the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike, against their husbands wishes. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces.

This film was written, directed and produced by members of the original "Hollywood Ten," who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds.


 Winner of 2 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Awards in 1954: Best Actress (Rosa Revueltas), and, a Crystal Globe (Herbert J. Biberman).

Winner of the National Film Registry in 1992

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