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We Weren't Given Anything for Free

world war ii feminism biography female soldier partisan female hero women's rights anti-fascism italian resistance political documentary

We Weren't Given Anything for Free

Release Date: January 20, 2014

Year    :   2014
Slogan    :   «The story of an Italian partisan»
Genres    :   Documentary, History
Production Companies    :   MakeShiftMovies
Director    :   Eric Esser
Producers    :   Eric Esser
Writers    :   Patrizia Fürst
RunTime    :   58 mins.

Annita Malavasi was just 22 when the Germans occupied Italy, their former allies, in 1943. As a partisan in the Italian resistance named “Laila”, she moved throughout the Apennines with and between fighting units, delivering information, transporting weapons, and taking part in battles. She spent over a year in the Apennines, fighting against the German occupation. At the same time, she had to assert herself against the men of the mountain villages. By the end of the war, Laila had risen among the ranks to become one of the few female commanders in the Italian resistance. This film chronicles the story of a lifelong struggle for emancipation that began with the battle for Italy’s liberation from fascism. Laila and her two comrades, Gina “Sonia” Moncigoli and Pierina “Iva” Bonilauri talk about their time in the Resistenza and what it meant to them and many other women.

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