Spiridonova: Armed Love

14 June 2018

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Venue: Conway Hall, Brockway Room, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

Organiser: Rita Raven Production & Class War

Class War is an anarchist group and newspaper.

From October 1917, the Bolsheviks in Russia could rule only in coalition with Left Socialist Revolutionaries, whose charismatic leader Maria Spiridonova was the equal of Lenin. Untill April 1918, they maintained a fragile alliance but by June an uprising was inevitable and the outcome uncertain.

Spiridonova maps those few months as tension grows and the divide between Leninism and a more libertarian socialism becomes starker……..and fixed in history.

Spiridonova is awash with assasins, plotters, anarchists, bomb throwers and vast rallies. A film made with no money and no actors, but intent on restoring Maria as one of the revolutionary figures of the last century.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Murray Healy, Producer Ian Bone and Justine Fernandes, who plays Maria.