Salt of the Earth (1954): Screening and Potluck

Friday, September 29, 7pm
55 Walker Street, New York

The second in a series of film screenings, dinners and discussions happening every Friday evening through December 17th at Decolonize This Place, Colloquium for Popular Culture and MTL+ present Salt of the Earth (1954), a 1954 American drama film written by Michael Wilson, directed by Herbert J. Biberman, and produced by Paul Jarrico.

This film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view. Its plot centers on a long and difficult strike, based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. In the film, the company is identified as "Delaware Zinc," and the setting is "Zinctown, New Mexico." The film shows how the miners, the company, and the police react during the strike. In neorealist style, the producers and director used actual miners and their families as actors in the film.

Salt of the Earth is the second of a weekly series at Decolonize This Place led by writer and film critic Sukhdev Sandhu from Colloquium for Popular Culture with MTL+ every Friday evening. This will focus on the collective viewing of popular and experimental films that have direct impact on movement-building in the present. Accompanied a potluck dinner and discussion, the screening program will be responsive to the conversation that develops through the three-month series, and will in turn feed back into the actions and organizing of Decolonize This Place. Bring food and bring friends!