FEB: THE FORGOTTEN ALLY

FEB: L'ALLEATO DIMENTICATO

By Andrea CASTELLANZA

EFFENDEMFILM - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2013

By convention, WW2 was fought and won by Russian and Anglo-American allied forces
alone. Was it just like that? Not quite, among the ranks of the victorious forces there were other nations too,and among the others the Brazil with the BEF, the “ Brazilian expeditionary force". This is their story.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 75 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andrea CASTELLANZA
    • Writer(s)
    • Rocco MOLITERNO
    • Producer(s)
    • Federico MINETTI (EFFENDEMFILM SRL)
    • Synopsis
    • In June 1944, the president of Brazil was Getulio Vargas, who carried out a coup d’etat in 1937. He never hid his pro-German fondnesses, always declaring himself in favour of a kind of neutrality which let him take a lot of advantages. In a famous and then legendary speech, he said “Brazil will never go to war before Cobras start to smoke..…”.
      Nevertheless, Brazil’s public debt was more and more in the hands of the United States of America,
      who succeeded in persuading the Brazilian State to offer its contribute to the military action of North America. Soon, the first retaliations in the form of attacks from German and Italian submarines arrived. They exasperated the population, and so the Brazilian government was forced to declare war on Germany. Thus, the FEB was born. It was a clearly inadequate army, which had been trained according to old military tactics by French soldiers, their Allies during the First World War. Equipped with very old weapons, the Brazilian Army was not in the right condition to face the new movement war imposed by the Germans. The Americans trained the expeditionary force in order to be ready to leave for
      the front in the summer of 1944.
      The FEB symbol was designed by Walt Disney, and it sarcastically represented a “cobra smoking a pipe”. In the first months of year 1944, the
      expeditionary force was ready to leave for Naples. Its composition was totally heterogeneous. With its mixture of Whites, Blacks, Mulattos, Indios, and Japanese-Brazilians, it was the first multicultural army of that time, in contrast to other armies called “ ethnically pure”, or ferociously segregationist armies as the English and the American ones. There is more. However, when the FEB arrived to Italy, it soon faced the cruel reality of a modern war, a very difficult ground with a harsh climate. However, after a difficult beginning, the BEF acquired
      experience and skill, so as to considerably contribute to the breakdown of the Gothic Line, up to
      entering and freeing Turin before all other Allied units. Yet the feb, even before the war ended, was
      demobilized, sinking into oblivion by the Brasilians themselves for years.
    • Partners & financing
    • With the patronage of:
      Brazilian Army
      DPHCEx (Diretoria do Patrimônio Histórico e Cultural do Exército)
      ICMA (Istituto Cinematografico Michelangelo Antonioni)
      BAFC ( Film Commission Provincia di Varese e Alto Milanese)
    • Production schedule
    • The project is in its development stage, we plan to go to Brazil for preliminary shootings at the end of May 2013. The Brazilian Army and the Brasilian Embassy of Rome will support us in the development of our project, letting us to use exclusively their footage archieves and to meet veterans. In Winter 2013 we will start the shootings in italy. In April 2014 the film
      will be completed in order to celebrate the 70
      th years from the feb's landing to Italy. Our partner in
      Brazil will be the portalfeb.com, the most important Brasilian website on the topic.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 01, 2013
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