Film, Salt of the Earth, shows March 29

(03-19-2008)

The 1st Amendment Film Series, an event of the ASC Fahrenheit 451 Project, presents the classic film "Salt of the Earth," at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Adams State College Theatre Building. The event is free and open to the public, with an introduction by Dr. Juan Gonzalez, associate professor of Spanish, and an audience discussion to follow. Targeted by the McCarthy hearings, it is the only blacklisted American film and the movie the US government didn't want you to see!

"Salt of the Earth" is a powerful, independent film dramatizing the true story of Mexican-American workers in New Mexico who go on strike to protest dangerous working conditions and low wages. When the striking workers encounter violence, their wives and mothers take over the picket line to demand justice. Filmed on location in New Mexico in 1954, it features many of the actual workers as actors.

"This is our last film offering in the 1st Amendment Series," Dr. John Taylor, associate professor of theater, said. "It not only has relevance as a free speech issue, but it has regional and historical significance. Moreover, I believe that it has something to say about what is happening today with regards to the furor over legal and illegal immigration. In today's debate, some are creating division for political gain and profiting by generating animosity towards those without power or standing in our society. While this film is fifty-four years old, these same tactics play out in the story. What makes this movie so dangerous is that offers a powerful answer to those tactics of fear."

If you have not seen this film, don't miss this unique opportunity to view it. Join with us as a community as we continue to celebrate the 1st Amendment and explore the most important issues that we as a free society face.

Tickets go on sale for the ASC Theatre stage production of Fahrenheit 451 Aril 7 with the play running April 25 through May 4.