Annita “Laila” Malavasi was an Italian partisan during the Second World War and one of the fewfemale commanders in the resistance. She spent over a year in the Apennines, fighting against the German occu- pation. At the same time, she had to assert herself in the male-dominated Italian society.
This portrait of Laila and two of her female comrades, Pierina “Iva” Bonilauri and Gina “Sonia” Moncigoli, highlights what the Resistenza meant to them and many other women. This is a story of emancipation before and after Italy’s liberation from fascism.
ERIC ESSER was born in 1975. After studying Media Informatics, he studied Documentary Filmmaking at the Filmarche Berlin and the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. His films include: BUNS (short, 2003), NOVEMBER (short, 2004), CEVAPCICI (short doc, 2006, co-direction), DAWN OF THE DORKS (short, 2006), CHAJA & MIMI (short doc, 2009-2013), and NON CI È STATO REGALATO NIENTE (doc, 2014).