Salt of the Earth

Thursday Nov 16, 2017

109 Fifth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
US

Cost:

FREE

Contact:

Ani Baker

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The story of an arduous strike based on the real-life 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, N.M.

Film Screening and discussion of Salt of the Earth, a dramatic film which tells the story of an arduous strike based on the real-life 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico.

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After Earth

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Central Features Contemporary Art Gallery will feature a film screening and discussion of the 1954 feature Salt of the Earth on Thursday, Nov. 16. Shot in New Mexico, the film is based on an arduous 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, N.M. The film, directed by Howard Bieberman, utilized few professional actors, relying instead on Grant County locals—many of whom were involved in the actual incident depicted. At the time of its release, the strongly pro-labor, anti-corporate film was labeled Communist and blacklisted. Bieberman spent six months in prison after he refused to answer questions from the House Committee on Un-American Activities. The film itself went unseen for decades because many theaters refused to show it. In recent years, however, it has become an important historical document and a hallmark of American neo-realist cinema. Artist Nina Elder will be on hand to discuss the film. The screening/discussion will take place from 7 to 9pm. Central Features is located at 514 Central Ave. SW Ste. 2.

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