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Salt of the Earth Film Screening

Event info
Date: October 2, 2018
Location: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Address: 525 Kumquat Court Sarasota

Tuesday, October 2, 7pm

Sixty years ago a team of radical, blacklisted filmmakers made Salt of the Earth, a powerful representation of the agency of US workers.  Demonised and hounded off screen on its release, Salt of the Earth, released in almost impossible circumstances 60 years ago, has a strong claim to being the most ambitious American film ever made.

It focuses on Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacón), a strike organiser whose progressive beliefs don’t extend to the family home. Gradually his wife Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas), pregnant with their third child, begins to assert herself, and becomes instrumental in encouraging other local women to join the picket line and fight the bullying tactics of factory bosses and corrupt police.

Salt of the Earth has a powerful and often lyrical script, is shot in a style informed by Italian neorealism, and makes atmospheric use of New Mexico’s landscapes. It’s a rousing tribute to its subjects’ fight not only for economic parity with Anglo workers, but for racial justice and an acknowledgement, as Esperanza says, that “our roots go deep in this place, deeper than the pines, deeper than the mine shaft”.