The Libertarian Revolution of July 19, 1936 (FILM)

The military/fascist uprising of July 18/19 1936 triggered a popular social and libertarian revolution against centuries of oppression by the Roman Catholic Church, a ruthless land-owning,  industrial and commercial oligarchy, and a brutal state apparatus. This audiovisual slideshow, produced in 2006 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the libertarian revolution of July 1936, in conjunction with a travelling exhibition of the same name, highlights some of the historical moments of ‘the short summer of anarchy’ when the dream of a new world began to materialise.

‘We will always remember the triumph of the crucial moment when the people, spontaneous and determined by the same impulse, decided — in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, and in so many other cities — to seize the barracks, official buildings, telephone exchanges, radio stations, churches, fields, factories and workshops…. Wonderful days of illusion, when we felt intoxicated by a great victory, beautiful and pure …’