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María
Blanca Apilánez ...
Aura
Laura Mañá ...
Concha
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Charo
Jorge Sanz ...
Obrero Hijo
José Sancho ...
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Joan Crosas ...
Boina
Antonio Dechent ...
Faneca
Miguel Bosé ...
Cura secretario de Durruti
Paco Bas ...
Un miliciano
Greg Charles ...
Reportero extranjero
Claudia Gravy ...
Madama del burdel
Francisco Maestre ...
Obispo
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At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the group and eventually goes to the front. The women's group faces the problems of fighting not only the nationalists, but also factions on the left seeking to impose a more traditional military structure. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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El corazón de la memoria

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Obrero Hijo: So what did my father die for? Know why he's here? To tell us we have to abandon this town! Durruti says it isn't strategic! We have to go back across the river! He says we'll have tanks soon, and caps with braid, and we'll be called the People's Army! I don't want an army! I want anarchy! Anarchy, for fuck's sake!
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de Joaquín Zamacois Soler y Pedro Puche (as Pedro Puche Lorenzo)
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cedido por Luis Gutiérrez Serante
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Libertarias presents a visual image of how the struggle for a new common sense and a new social order require selfless sacrifice and organic rather than imposed leadership.
27 December 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was at home attempting to plan a lecture for students. I was attempting to explain the Enlightenment, humanism and anti humanism. I particularly wanted to make an emphasis on how 'progressive' post structural and postmodern thinking has fragmented working class struggle into dozens of small micro struggles. The essence of this framework is that whilst genuine attempts are being made to create a new collective social order and a new common sense some left wing intellectuals impose their 'progressive' credentials to position themselves as the vanguard of change. Whilst the 'progressives' are engaged in a never ending but fragmented debate over the divine right over which fragment of the intelligentsia will lead the struggle the conservatives are able to organize and win the day.

Whilst attempting to put this lecture together Libertarias appeared on my television set. It was in Spanish with English sub-titles. I couldn't believe my luck as it explained. Marxism, Socialism, Anarchy, Feminism, Fascism, Conservative, Progressive, Humanism, Anti-Humanism, Religion, the Monarchy. I have to confess that my lecture eventually comprised of playing the movie Libertarias to students.

The outcome was very impressive. It explained the conflicts and contradictions associated with any social struggle.

Years later I was to visit Spain and as I travel-led through Barcelona. Madrid and Toledo the movie took on a new meaning. Perhaps this is a flawed performance; perhaps it focuses too much on the struggle of women. What it does more than anything else is leave a never-ending impression of the sacrifices we have to make in order to bring about change.


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