Rosaura Revueltas was an actress and, like her siblings, stood up for what they believe. What did they believe in, you ask? I’m glad because I’m going to tell you. From what I understand, generally, the family believed in equal rights for everyone. They believed in showing the truth to the people who didn’t live the life of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans during the Mexican Revolution and the process of fighting for civil rights especially in the 1950’s. The best example of this for Rosaura Revueltas is her performance in Salt of the Earth.
Salt of the Earth is a movie that was made independently to depict the miners’ strike in New Mexico in the 1950’s. It was produced by Paul Jarrico with the intent of showing the struggles of the miners in the mines in New Mexico. This was in the heat of the Cold War (ha!) when everyone in the United States were afraid of communism. Mexico, dabbling and (then) on the way to communism, wasn’t exactly welcomed into the country. Paul, Rosaura, and some other people from the production were blacklisted in the U.S., which is why they had to make the film independently. So, what was so bad about showing the light? It comes down to a simple idea; control. The U.S. didn’t want communist ideas coming into the country.
On to the next question; why was this a big deal for Rosaura? Well we have to remember that at this time, the war in Mexico is settled a little, the Cold War is in progress, and civil rights in America is a big topic. Her brother, Silvestre, died about a decade ago and leaving the movement is hard and out of her hands. She used her talent as an actress to spread the word about the struggles of migrant (mostly) workers. She used her talents to stand up for civil rights for everyone especially by doing Salt of the Earth.
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