In July 1936, a right-wing military uprising tried to overthrow the new, legally elected, democratic government of Spain. Hitler and Mussolini quickly joined the fight in support of the rebel General Francisco Franco. In response, about eighty American women joined over 2700 of their countrymen in defiance of their government to volunteer for the Spanish Civil War, the first major battle against fascism. They were part of the International Brigades' 40,000 volunteers from fifty countries who came to fight for democracy in Spain. The film focuses on sixteen of these women, telling in their own words their stories of courage and commitment to a just cause. The film's narrative includes the words of Dorothy Parker, Josephine Herbst, and Virginia Cowles, as well as the articles and letters exchanged by Martha Gellhorn and Eleanor Roosevelt during the war.
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