Directed by Vicente Aranda
Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez
Written by Vicente Aranda
Starring Ana Belén,
Music by José Nieto
Cinematography Juan Amorós,
José Luis Alcaine
Distributed by Filmes Castello Lopes (Portugal),
Mongrel Media (Canada),Sogepaq Distribución S.A. (Spain),
Warner Home Video (Brazil) (video)
Release date(s) 1996 (Spain)
Running time 202 min.
In the midst of the Spanish Revolution and Spanish Civil War in Barcelona, militia women Pilar (Ana Belen) and Floren (Victoria Abril) are joined by former prostitute Charo (Loles Leon) and former nun Maria (Ariadna Gil). The film opens with scenes of working class militants demolishing and burning religious icons, as they shout "down with Capitalism!" and "long live the libertarian revolution!"
While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality which complicates their efforts in the war against Francisco Franco's Nationalist/Fascist/Catholic forces. They encounter resistance even within their own "Free Women" (Mujeres Libres) organization as one woman (that resembles Federica Montseny) tries to persuade them to stay and work in defense factories, while men try to convince them to go work as cooks, not front-line soldiers.