This documentary is an engrossing biographical story that brings out the legend and the often conflicting truths in the life of the anarchist leader Buenaventura Durruti (1896-1936). In 1916 Durriti took part in his first strike; as a consequence, he lost his job. From that moment onwards his personality, dedication, and daring brought him to the forefront of Spain's anarchist movement. The anarchists defended the workers' right to strike for better pay and working conditions, and began to organize a kind of militia that would defend the people against police or soldiers sent to put down demonstrations. Over and over again, Durruti had to leave Spain and seek asylum in other countries in order to stay alive and escape long jail terms. Although he jailed on false charges more than once, he did in fact steal to support the workers' unions. Interviews with family, friends, and others active in the anarchist movement sketch out his life and personal character while newsreels and other archival footage provide a general background.
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