WHO IS THE REBEL?
The film "The Rebel" tells of the adventures of a brave man who was one of the protagonists of the history of Italy and Europe in the 1900s, and who fought unceasingly against every form of totalitarianism to attain freedom and social justice. A precursor of "Che" Guevara, with the 300 men of his Arditi del Popolo (People’s Squads) he defeated ten thousand Fascists during the five days of the Battle of Parma.
The first supporter in Europe of the idea of a "Popular Front", the author of clamorous, heroic gestures, he ridiculed the Fascist regime by hoisting the red flag above the Italian Parliament building.
He managed to avoid several deadly Fascist ambushes while attempting to spur Italy to rise up against Mussolini, and on reaching the USSR was ostracized and harassed by the Stalinists.
During the Spanish Civil War, at the head of the Garibaldi Battalion, he won important victories on the Madrid front.
While preparing an attack against the Fascist enemy, on the 5th of January 1937, he was struck down by a bullet that struck him from the back through the heart. In Spain he was honoured by three state funerals, in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. According to news reports of the time, the latter was attended by more than one hundred thousand people. The imposing funeral commemorations did nothing to dispel doubts and suspicions over the death of the Italian “rebel”.
Picelli left written:** "Like light and air, the ideas of freedom and equality penetrate everywhere and no force can contain them”**. Picelli was a revolutionary who always sided with the people, far from sectarianism, a free spirit, strenuously anti-Fascist. To us it seems important, in this precise historical moment, to make known the story of this courageous man who fought for social justice, to create a unique front of popular forces, a man who fought and died for freedom and justice.
We would like to produce a book and a DVD from the film about Guido Picelli “The Rebel”.
The DVD will contain the film "The Rebel", 72 minutes long, in the original Italian version, with optional subtitles in 4 languages: French, English, Spanish and Russian.
The BOOK, consisting of around 100 pages, will contain the most important writings by Guido Picelli; letters, photographs and documents − for the most part never seen, and the outcome of 4 years of research. For the first time, secret documents from Soviet and Spanish archives will also be published.
HOW WE WILL USE THE FUNDS COLLECTED
The film "The Rebel", despite high costs due to the purchase of library footage and the expenses for editing and publishing, was entirely realized by an independent production company that did not use Italian or foreign public funds. The funds we are requesting from the supporters of this project to realize the DVD and the book will be used to cover the following costs:
The costs for translations into in 4 languages, adding of the subtitles, publishing, authoring, graphics, packaging and pressing of the first copies of the DVD;
The costs for the compilation of texts, for the acquisition of reproduction rights, for the graphic layout, the duplication of photographs and documents, for the paper and printing, the binding and packaging of the first copies of a 10-page book.
The costs for promotion and distribution, in order to re-issue the book and the DVD to make Guido Picelli’s ideas known to a wider audience.
If the project is successful and donations exceed demand, we will invest the new funds in the creation of an e-book in different languages, with the writings, photographs and documents on Picelli. In this case anyone who makes a donation, of any amount, to finance the first part of the project (the production of the dvd and the book), will later receive a free copy of the e-book.
The publishing of the film as a DVD is in progress. We have reached a good stage in collecting materials, compiling texts and planning the graphic layout of the book. We count on being able to release the book and the dvd by the 20 th of February 2013
The filmmaker of "The Rebel", director Giancarlo Bocchi, has made thirty or so films and documentaries from the 1980s till today. The co-author of the texts, Marco Colli, has been making cinema films for the last thirty years as author and director and has also written numerous screenplays for both films and documentaries
The world premiere of the film about Guido Picelli took place last year at the Filmoteca Española in Madrid and it has since been shown in numerous Italian cities. The film has been widely spoken about in leading Italian and foreign newspapers and periodicals.