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An absolutely fantastic and well documented account of the not very well-known tensions, controversies and eventually fights within the antifascist side during the Spanish Civil War. While this may look like a very local conflict, Ken Loach smartly manages to highlight the international relevance of the events in this film. I feel the film is loosely based on the autobiographic novel "Homage to Catalonia" by George Orwell.
My only minor criticism is perhaps the fact that English was not widely spoken among the Spaniards until the present century and that workers from the CNT union in Catalonia were usually immigrants from elsewhere in Spain and apparently couldn't really speak Catalan.