Salt of the Earth

Synopsis: 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. 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.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Herbert J. Biberman
Production: The Film Detective
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

The International Union

Miners ...

... and Workers

Metal presents:


The scene is

New Mexico, ...

... the land of the

Free US ...

... which inspired

this film ...

... and the home of the brave

they performed ...

... most of the papers.

How to start a story ...

... which has no beginning?

My grandfather raised cattle

in these streams ...

... before they got


our roots

are deep here ...

... deeper than

the pines ...

... or mine.

This is my town.

When I was small,

was called San Marcos.

Anglos put him


Zinctown, New Mexico, ...

... United States.

This is our home.

The house is not ours ...

... but flowers

yes they are.

My name

Esperanza Quintero.

I am the wife of a miner.

My husband has spent

18 years at this mine.

Half life in darkness,

with dynamite.

The land where

Mine is ...

... Grandpa belonged

my husband.

Now belongs

to the Company.

Who can say

when my story began?

Yo no lo s.

But I remember that day

as the beginning of the end.

It was the day of my holy.

Moreover, met 35 years ...

... a day of celebration.

She was pregnant

7 months of my third child.

I remember that day

I made a wish.

It was a sin,

one evil.

I prayed to the Virgin to ask

forgiveness for my thoughts.

I wanted ...

... my son did not come ...

... to this world.

Are you ill, mother?

Are you sad?

Are we going to church

to confess?

Later, when

end boards.

Did you come back to fight

with Anglo children?

- They think very hard.

- Promised not to fight anymore.

Dad says do not let

make fun of me.

Ignore him.

Be still!

Does it hurt?

- And that cake?

- Forget the cake.

Go find your father

When your turn ends.

Tell him to come home


I have been told that you had

problems with a detonator.

You're alive, what

is the problem?

Ya know, this new standard

to work alone.

Let's see the supervisor.

It is negotiating

with your committee.

- All the better.

- Wait.

He dictated that standard,

It will not help.

Well, I'll stop boring.

With your contract?

Have someone read it to you.

He said nothing of helpers.

This mine is


The blood of my friends

working alone

They were crushed because

anyone watched the detonator.

Nobody sounded


That is the task

shift foreman.

He wants to extract mineral.

We want

everyone out alive.

You will work only.

If you work overflows,

I'll find another.

To a squirrel?

At an American.

Do not say anything on the cake.

Will strike?

I do not want to worry, but

in the shop told me ...

... that if we do not pay another

within the radio, ...

... will they take.

Only owe a month.

I tried to convince them.

That's not right.

Is not it good?

And is it OK to buy

this artifact?

But you wanted.

You had to listen


I hear at night ...

... when you are you

in the bar.

"No entry

in easy installments. "

Dir you something:

Deadlines are the curse

of workers.

- Where are you going?

- A talk with peers.

The water is cold again.

- Sorry, the fire was extinguished.

- Forget it.

They forget!

Short firewood five times

day, I can not forget.

Do not forget that miners

Anglos have running water ...

... and toilets at home.

Do you think I like

live like this?

What can I do?

07: 44.240 - 00: 07: 46,400

... ask for better conditions ...

07: 46.560 - 00: 07: 48,800

... would have to demand

decent plumbing.

07: 48,960 - 00: 07: 51,800

We did, but we

to resign.

07: 52,200 - 00: 07: 54,760

- What?

- All at once can not be.

07: 54,920 - 00: 07: 56,800

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