Swiss filmmaker Richard Dindo offers a balanced, measured, thought-provoking study of the Spanish civil war through the eyes of Swiss who participated. We learn that supporters of the republic had widely varying ideologies—they were communists, socialists, anarchists, and antifascist democrats. One noncommunist remembers being imprisoned by the Soviet secret police, even though the USSR was supposed to be an ally. Dindo sprinkles his interviews with a rich mix of still photographs and footage of the time, but this sober film is more interesting as history than cinema.