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Portland film conference features ALBA panels

January 24, 2011
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Portland film conference features ALBA panels

Celebrated triennially, Cine-Lit is the premiere international conference devoted to Hispanic film and literature and linked with the Portland International Film Festival. This February, Cine--Lit VII will feature a series of lectures and film screenings focusing on the cinematic representation of the role of the Lincolns in the Spanish Civil War. Juan Salas...
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Nunca fui a Granada

January 23, 2011
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Nunca fui a Granada

Last night a young Spanish poet, Isabel Cadenas, showed me her blog:  nuncafuiagranada.blogspot.com.  When I asked her why she chose that line from Rafael Alberti's homage to Federico García Lorca, victim of a fascist firing squad in the first month of the civil war, she replied "Because I've never been to Granada."  Alberti...
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General Miaja in Brooklyn

January 23, 2011
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General Miaja in Brooklyn

In my family's photo albums is this shot of General Miaja (seated with round spectacles) --leader of the defense of Madrid-- in the living room of the Brooklyn home of my grandparents at some point during the Spanish Civil War.
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Documentary about Garzón screened at Berlin

January 21, 2011
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Documentary about Garzón screened at Berlin

To the surprise of many, El País reports, the programming for the Berlin Film Festival this February includes a feature-length documentary about Baltasar Garzón by the Catalan director Isabel Coixet (The Secret Life of Words, My Life Without Me), based on a long interview that the novelist Manuel Rivas held with...
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TNR on Capa, Cartier-Bresson, and other photojournalists

January 19, 2011
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TNR on Capa, Cartier-Bresson, and other photojournalists

A propos of Susie Linfield's new book on Robert Capa, James Nachtwey, and others, Jed Perl reflects in The New Republic on the importance of "great photojournalism":

Photojournalists are yesterday’s heroes. ... Few photographers are any longer seen as providing definitive information about some national or international trouble spot, at...
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New video uploads (4): “¡No pasarán!”

January 19, 2011
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New video uploads (4): “¡No pasarán!”

Another clip from Facing Fascism:

"No pasarán"--"They shall not pass"--was the antifascist rallying call throughout the war. The phrase referred to the defense of Madrid from the Fascist onslaught. A Spanish cigar maker living in Tampa, Florida, composed a song with those words as the refrain; it was recorded on a...
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Spanish paper covers ALB family trip

January 19, 2011
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Earlier this week, the Diario de Teruel covered the trip of a group of family members of Abraham Lincoln Brigade took this past fall to visit some of the Brigade's "sites of memory":

Viento glacial, aire siberiano y frío ártico son algunos de los adjetivos con los que el escritor y...
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Maynard and Harry

January 18, 2011
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Maynard and Harry

Juan María Gómez Ortiz sends this image of Maynard Goldstein at the Jarama front, in the spring of 1937, which illustrates the cover of the Spanish edition of Harry Fisher's book Comrades. He writes:

The photo was taken by Sam Walters. Harry Fisher was very close to Maynard all along his life and...
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New video uploads (3): Jay Greenfield

January 18, 2011
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Jay Greenfield was 5 years old when his brother Hy enlisted in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; James D. Fernández interviewed him for the Facing Fascism exhibit. Read Hy's letters home here. Video here.
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New video uploads (2): Osheroff

January 18, 2011
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New video uploads (2): Osheroff

An interview with Abe Osheroff. Video here.
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