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Herbert J. Biberman

Salt of the Earth

94' - 1954 - Drama - Dialogue: Spanish, English
Director: Herbert J. Biberman Composer: Sol Kaplan With: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Melvin Williams, David Sarvis
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 white "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. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realisation 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.

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Herbert J. Biberman


Sol Kaplan


Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Melvin Williams, David Sarvis


Michael Wilson, Michael Wilson

Director of Photography

Leonard Stark, Stanley Meredith


Ed Spiegel, Joan Laird


Paul Jarrico, Sonja Dahl Biberman, Adolfo Barela

Production studios

Independent Production Corporation

More information


Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America



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