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(en) US, Phoenix Anarchist Coalition Remembers the 70th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution

Date Wed, 12 Jul 2006 18:10:20 +0300

The Phoenix Anarchist Coalition is hosting two nights of films to celebrate
and reflect on the anarchist movement in the Spanish revolution and civil
war. The first film, Libertarias, will be shown on the day the Spanish
revolution began, July 18, the second film, Land and Freedom will be shown
one week later on July 25. Both events are free and open to the public.
> Tuesday, July 18 7:30 PM Libertarias (1996)
In the midst of the Spanish Revolution and the Spanish Civil War in
Barcelona, anarchist militia women, belonging to the group Mujeres
Libres, are organizing for total freedom! The enemy: The ruling
class, the fascists, and male domination over women. The scene in
Barcelona is revolution! Anarchist working class militants demolish
and burn the symbols of the old order, building in it’s place a
system without bosses, land lords, or money. While the
revolutionary struggle continues, the comrades in Mujeres Libres
find that even though the workers are liberated, the women are not.
There is still a deep gender discrimination from many of the militant
men in the struggle, who would rather the women stay behind, than
pick up the gun and go to the front. As the anarchists move out to
battle the fascist forces of general Francisco Franco, they also see
their dreams of freedom quickly unraveled by those who were once
fighting alongside them. An inspiring story of the will of the
oppressed to organize and fight for the pure political ideal of
freedom, at all costs.

Tuesday, July 25
7:30 PM
Land & Freedom (1995)
The story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the
Communist Party of Great Britain, who decides to fight for the
Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Persuaded of the necessity
of helping the Spanish Republicans in their fight against the Fascist
Nationalist insurgence, Carr leaves Liverpool and travels to Spain to
join the International Brigades. Carr ends up fighting in a
Trotskyite/Marxist communist militia, battling the fascist forces on
the front-lines in the Aragon region of Spain. Hope for a
worker’s revolution, as well as winning the civil war, is thrown
into question, as the authoritarian communists, backed by the Soviet
Union begin to move to sabotage anarchist and Marxist militias and
the entirety of the workers movement. A cautionary tale of the
dangers of common front unity, and the prices paid for fighting with
your enemy’s enemy.

Both screenings of the films will be shown at:
Three Roots Coffee House
1020 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Showings will begin at 7:30 PM
The event is free and all are welcome

"It is we the workers who built these palaces and cities here in Spain
and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, can build others
to take their place. And better ones! We are not in the least afraid of
ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest
doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world
before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in
our hearts. That world is growing this minute."
-Buenaventura Durruti
Barcelona, Spain 1936

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