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Blacklisted New Mexico film gets atonement

March 3, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 1954 movie about a real-life miners’ strike that was blacklisted during the Red Scare is being celebrated in New Mexico as the 60th anniversary of the film approaches.

“Salt of the Earth” was blacklisted in the U.S. during Cold War retribution against communist filmmakers and gained an underground following more than a decade later when it was finally shown. The story was told through the eyes of a female character named Esperanza as Mexican-American miners barred by federal law from striking against a zinc company were replaced on the picket lines by their wives.

It became a feminist and Chicano Studies classic, and it was the subject of conferences over race, miner safety and the role of women.

The town of Silver City is scheduled to hold “Salt of the Earth Day” on March 14. The union representing deputies from the same sheriff’s Login to read more

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