PRADO, Antonio. "Anarchism and Counterinformation in Documentaries : From Civil War Spain to Post-2001 Argentina"

Guerre civile en Espagne (1936-1939)Argentine.- Histoire de l’anarchismeBibliographie

Latin American Perspectives (2013) 40 : 50


The work of anarchist collectives in the film industry during the Spanish Civil War

and the video documentaries of Grupo Alavío in post-2001 Argentina, as represented in

two documentaries that attest to historical moments of worker self-management, shows

historical and aesthetic intersections. Both were devoted to disseminating information

counter to the official line of the mass media, and in neither was there a desire to take over

the state ; instead, the movements they represented denied the very legitimacy of the state.

In the tradition of the Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov, both crafted meanings out of

sequences of images of all kinds, and both paid homage to the masses awakening to social

emancipation. Similarly to the Soviet film vanguard of the 1920s, both can be understood

as organic parts of the transformations that they portrayed.