Monday, 11 July 2016

The Spanish Revolution

We celebrated and remembered the Spanish Revolution and the people involved as it gave so many people a world of enablement and empowerment. A world not ruled by class and capitalism, but a world based on collectivism and humanity.

If you would like more information about the Revolution, at the Freedom Shop there are a range of books, pamphlets and zines on the Spanish Revolution, including: Ready for Revolution: The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933–1938 by Agustín Guillamón; Anarchism and Workers’ Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain by Frank Mintz; We The Anarchists! A Study Of The Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927–1937 by Stuart Christie; Durruti in the Spanish Revolution by Abel Paz; Anarchism in Galicia: Organisation, Resistance and Women in the Underground by Eliseo Fernández, Antón Briallos, and Carmen Blanco, and Free Society: A German Exile in Revolutionary Spain by Werner Drescher.

Three of the film shown at the exhibition are on-line:

Vivir la Utopia (Living Utopia)
Described as a 'jewel amongst historians and rebel hearts', Living Utopia is a 1997 documentary that features testimony from 30 anarchist survivors of the Spanish revolution. On the evening we showed it, people applauded.

De toda la vida (All Our Lives).
De toda la vida (Lisa Berger y Carol Mazer, 1986) is a documentary about the organisation Mujeres Libres; a group formed in 1936 with the aims to end the 'triple enslavement of women, to ignorance, to capital, and to men.'

Land and Freedom
Ken Loach's film about an unemployed worker and member of the British communist party who goes to join the revolution in Spain and ends up fighting in a POUM militia unit. The film captures the betrayal of the revolution.

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