Salt of the Earth - Denver May Day Film Screening

May 01, 2019 at 6:30pm - 9pm

Come celebrate May Day with a free screening of the 1954 blacklisted labor film "Salt of the Earth"!

"Salt of the Earth" is a classic film about workers' unity and determination, and more important than ever now as Trump administration attacks the rights of immigrants, women and labor. This movie illustrates how all these issues intersect, and how joint struggle on a working-class basis provides the basis for victory over ruling-class tactics. Revolutionary for its time in the 1950s, Hollywood tried to ban the movie based on its communist associations (all the main actors and directors were blacklisted), but it ultimately became a classic nonetheless.

Based on a true story, the film revolves around New Mexico's Empire Zinc mine, where Mexican-American workers protest the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their white counterparts. Ramon Quintero (played by Juan Chacon) helps organize the strike, but their picket is blocked by an anti-labor injunction. While the men are forced to stay at home, Ramon's wife Esperanza (played by Rosaura Revueltas) asserts herself over traditional patriarchal views of the workers, and organizes a contingent of women to strike in their place and take on the bosses directly.

The film is over 60 years old but still remarkably relevant to our struggle today. You don't want to miss it!

This event:
-will have snacks!
-is wheelchair accessible
-has gender-neutral restrooms
-provides Spanish translation (If possible, please request 24 hours in advance)
-is child-friendly or, if needed, provides free childcare (If possible, please request 24 hours in advance)
-is service animal friendly
-has on-street parking

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