Mujeres Libres

As part of the Fantin Reading Group, the Melbourne Anarchist Club will be hosting a daytime screening of the documentary De Toda La Vida / All Our Lives [1986, 60 mins].

3pm Sunday March 6th
The Melbourne Anarchist Club
62 St Georges Rd, Northcote

In July 1936 an attempted coup d’etat by nationalist military forces threw Spain into bitter civil war. In the midst of this civil war the most ambitious social experiment the world has ever seen took place. The Spanish revolution saw workers seize control of their lives under the red and black banner of liberty. Despite the liberatory nature of the revolution sexism was still rife within Spanish culture, even the most revolutionary sections of it. To counter this the Anarcha-Feminist group the Mujeres Libres (Free Women) was formed. This film, made in 1987, is a series of interviews with surviving members of the group. An important oral history of an inspiring group of anarchist women.

The film will be followed by a discussion on what lessons can be taken from the way Mujeres Libres organised and how it might be applicable today.

We’ve also got a short extract from Martha Ackelsberg’s Free Women of Spain that will help inform the discussion: Martha Ackelsberg’s Free Women of Spain extract.

The book is available from AK Press and there are also copies in Jura Books (Sydney) which you can order by mail.


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