Explore the ways women have been depicted in mining films, with a film showing and an intriguing discussion led by National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum staff and veteran miners on Friday nights.
“Mining Goes to the Movies II” is a Community Education Noncredit Film Course presented by CMC Leadville Campus in collaboration with the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
Where: Moolick Library, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, 120 W. 7th St. Leadville
When: Fridays at 6 p.m. through Feb. 28 (no film on Feb. 7, night of Spirits in the Shaft: A Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tasting).
How: The cost is $10, whether you attend one film or all six. Register online today!
Friday, Feb. 21
Salt of the Earth
(U.S., 1954; dir. by Herbert Biberman)
Discussion with Dr. Stephen Whittington, NMHFM Executive Director.
Based on the 1950 Empire Zinc Strike in Bayard, New Mexico, Chicano workers call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers, and daughters, that they eventually triumph. The movie stars Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas and union members involved in the actual strike.
Friday, Feb. 28
(Canada and U.K., 1995; dir. by Mort Ransen)
Discussion with Christine Whittington, NMHFM volunteer and retired CMC Library Director.
Set in the 1940s in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, it tells the story of a young girl living in a coal mining town where the death of men from accidents in “the pit” (the mines) has become almost routine. Margaret MacNeil (Helena Bonham Carter) has already lost her father and an older brother and for her, life alone would be preferable to marrying a mine worker—that is until the charming Neil Currie (Clive Russell) shows up.