FIRST FILM OF THE SOCIALIST CINEMA
SEASON AT BAKEWELL TOWN HALL
Friday 10th November 7.30pm
‘Salt of the Earth’
Made in Mexico in 1954 this is the story of a Miners Strike. Based on the long and difficult 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico, the film shows how the miners, the company, and the police react during the strike.
The film explores the basic dignity and rights for Hispanics, for women, and for workers. The Union fight, the women’s rights struggle, mining safety issues, are all defined beautifully by a cast of largely non professional actors but all achingly real.
This is an historically important early ‘independent’ film, made by artists blacklisted from Hollywood for their liberal beliefs and for refusing to testify against others. This was the only film in U.S. history that was itself blacklisted and kept out of theatres, despite positive reviews.
If you are interested in the struggle of working people this film is one that you must see! A history lesson worthy of being a classic, it is not to be missed.
A date for your diary Friday 10th November 7.30pm. Tickets at the door £5 at Bakewell Town Hall.