The workers at the union meeting emphasize
the “solidarity of the working men.” Yet, the film begins by focusing
on women’s work. Why?
Frank (the Anglo union organizer) and Ramón
have an argument about the portrait of Benito Juarez in Ramón’s house. What is
the nature of this conflict? How is Frank portrayed in his subsequent argument
with Ruth, his wife?
do the men react to their wives’ offer to picket in their places? Why do they
finally give their approval?
violence breaks out on the picket line, how do the women react? How do the men
react? What is the result?
is the attempted eviction of the Quintero family a turning point in the film?
How have both Esperanza and Ramón changed by the end of the film?
do the working conditions in the mine affect both the men and the women?
strategies do the men use to try to keep the women silent? What strategies do
the women in the movie use to assert their demands for equality?