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Ollin Social Justice Film Series: Salt of the Earth (1954)

  • Hollywood Theatre 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97212 United States (map)

Ollin: Social Justice in Film 

  • 3/13 Film: Salt of the Earth (English) - Elected Official: Diego Hernandez
  • 4/13 El Norte (Spanish w/ English subtitles) -  Former Elected Official: Serena Cruz 

All movies start at 7:30 pm. 

  • General Admission: $9
  • Student, Seniors and Children: $7

The Series:

Ollin Social Justice Film Series explores social justice themes that affect us today. Local advocates and elected officials respond at the end of each film to inspire and guide us on how to move forward together. Proceeds from this film series go to support Latino Network’s advocacy efforts. At the lobby before each film, Latino Network will table with opportunities for people to volunteer, donate and/or learn how to involve yourself to make a collective impact for the success of our Latino youth and families. 

The Film:

Released in 1954, SALT OF THE EARTH is a feminist drama set in a small mining community in New Mexico. Based on the true events of a 1951 miners’ strike, the movie profiles the struggles of workers against brutal conditions and treatment due to corporate negligence. Esperanza Quintero, the wife of a protesting miner, must combat sexism and racism on both sides of the conflict to build a better future for her family. SALT OF THE EARTH highlights the complexity of gender, labor, and family relationships during a hostile political climate. Directed by black-listed director Herbert Biberman, the film stars Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, and Will Geer along with a cast of majority nonprofessional actors.