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The Spanish Earth

Joris Ivens, venerable agitprop documentarist for a variety of left-leaning and third-world causes (How Yukong Moved the Mountains, The Threatening Sky), created this 1937 Spanish civil war documentary with the assistance of some heavy celebrity artillery, including Lillian Hellman, Archibald MacLeish, and Dorothy Parker among the umbrella group of American producers and Ernest Hemingway as the voice-over narrator. The film develops parallel connections between farmers creating an irrigation system and civilian defenders of the besieged Spanish republic, and includes footage of Dolores Ibarruri (La Pasionaria of Republican legend) and other Loyalist leaders. 52 min.

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