Daniel Álvarez, Iñaki Pinedo
The northwestern part of Spain, between the León regions of El Bierzo and La Cabrera and the Galician mountain range of El Eje, hosted in 1942 the creation of the first anti-Franco guerrilla of the Spanish post-war period: the Federación de Guerrillas de León-Galicia (Federation of Leon-Galicia Guerrillas). A good way to follow its development is to pay attention to the only man who participated in all its phases and changes: Manuel Girón. Manuel Girón Bazán (1910-1951) contributed to his birth and it was only after his death that the last echoes of that Federation were extinguished. This man is also the prototype of the Maquis (a group of communist and anarchist guerrilla resistance movements in Spain that began during the Civil War): he fled to the mountains to save his life at the outbreak of the civil war, a Republican Army soldier in Asturias, a charismatic fighter for 15 long years and, finally, the victim of a refined betrayal to end his life. All the ingredients of the myth. The survivors who knew him tell us the vicissitude of his struggle and the dark story of his death. They relate unique testimonies of life in the hard time after the Spanish Civil War. The documentary narrates the creation and evolution of the first anti-Franco guerrilla of the Spanish post-war period through the mythical maquis Manuel Girón Bazán. Stories of a difficult period after General Franco's victory in 1939 in the northwestern part of Spain, in a mountainous area where it was easy to create small armed militias and fight against dictatorial power.