• "provides a long-needed account of the poignant struggle of the Mexican miners of Clifton-Morenci, Arizona for their rights as American citizens."   Journal of the Southwest

  • "an extraordinary piece of human theater, played out against the stark backdrop of the desert landscape."  Los Angeles Times

  • "a quietly powerful story...recounts a compelling tale of 20th-century strife in the copper mines of Arizona."  TV Guide

This documentary recounts the 50-year story of Mexican American miners and their struggle to shape the course of Arizona history between 1903 and 1947. The program profiles the rise and fall of the sister cities of Clifton-Morenci, where the mining of copper ore governed the lives of all the inhabitants. Using archival footage and the testimony of witnesses, the film examines the minero's struggles for equal pay and fair working conditions.

  • National PBS Broadcast on the American Experience
  • Best Documentary, South by Southwest Festival, Austin

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For more information about this topic, check out the following links:

  • The Chicana/Chicano Experience in Arizona: This website explores the historical experience of people of Mexican heritage in Arizona. Click on the link "Chicano Experience Exhibit" and navigate to the section mining to learn more about what los mineros experienced.

Los Mineros (1992)


Hector Galan
Paul Espinosa
Luis Valdez

  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The American Experience-WGBH


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