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'Labor on Film' Series Continues with 'Salt of the Earth'

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The UVM Film Series continues its spring season, featuring films that deal with issues of labor and the working world, with a screening of Salt of the Earth on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Billings Lecture Hall.

The 1954 film, which is based on a strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, “deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses,” says its IMDB.com summary written by Bob Shields. “The film is an early treatment of feminism, because the wives of the miners play a pivotal role in the strike, against their husbands wishes. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces.”

Each film in the series includes a lecture before the screening by Professor David Jenemann, director of Film and Television Studies, beginning at 6 p.m. The film follows at 6:45 p.m.

Upcoming films in the series include Fast, Cheap & Out of Control on March 20 and The Front on April 17.

Single tickets are available for $10 adult, $4 student at the door on the night of the film.

Learn more on the UVM Film Series website.

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