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"The Rebel" tells the story of a forgotten protagonist of the 1900s, who fought against totalitarianism for freedom and social justice. A precursor of "Che", he defeated the Fascists many times, but in the USSR was harassed by the Stalinists, while his death in Spain remains shrouded in mystery.

Giancarlo Bocchi

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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.


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.



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  • Giancarlo Bocchi

    Giancarlo Bocchi

    about 6 years

    Usted no ha comunicado su dirección . ¿Cómo podríamos enviar el libro? Envíe su dirección a impfilmvideo@gmail.com para recibir cuánto pagó . Saludos

  • Miquel


    about 6 years

    Llevo un año esperando noticias vuestras. Pagué 20€ por el libro y el DVD y ni siqueira he recibido un email desde abril de 2014 para informarme sobre el tema.

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  • Giancarlo Bocchi

    Giancarlo Bocchi

    over 7 years

    Per acquistare il libro e il dvd si deve rivolgere a NDA distribuzione. Grazie

    Via Pascoli 32 - 47853 Cerasolo Ausa di Coriano (RN)

    tel. 0541682186 - fax 0541683556

    www.ndanet.it - info@ndanet.it

  • Valentina Villa

    Valentina Villa

    almost 8 years

    Buona sera, essendomi avvicinata solamente ora al suo progetto mi chiedevo se fosse ancora possibile acquistare il DVD.

    La ringrazio per l'attenzione.

    Cordiali Saluti

  • Giancarlo Bocchi

    Giancarlo Bocchi

    over 8 years

    Tutti gli amici che non hanno fatto in tempo a sottoscrivere il "funding" su Verkami, ma vogliono ancora ricevere il dvd e il libro al costo di soli 20 euro (comprese le spese postali) possono inviarci una mail entro il 10 marzo, a document@me.com , con il loro nome e il recapito postale. E' possibile pagare l'importo con bonifico o con paypall...

  • Enrico


    almost 9 years

    Non ho fatto in tempo a partecipare al crowdfunding. sono ancora in tempo? Mi piacerebbe avere almeno una copia del dvd. grazie.

  • Enrico


    almost 9 years

    Non ho fatto in tempo a partecipare al crowdfunding. Mi piacerebbe partecipare ed avere una copia del dvd, posso ancora farlo in qualche modo?

  • Giancarlo Bocchi

    Giancarlo Bocchi

    almost 9 years

    Per i problemi di pagamento dovete cortesemente rivolgervi a Verkami inviando una mail. Solo tra 10 giorni la produzione potrà vedere le varie posizioni. Grazie Vito


Dopo 77 anni "Il Ribelle", il comandante antifascista Guido Picelli, ritorna a Mosca, dove negli anni '30 fu emarginato e perseguitato.

Questa volta ritorna come protagonista del film "Il Ribelle", che verrà presentato in anteprima martedì 29 gennaio al Gosfilmofond, l'Archivio Nazionale del cinema russo.
"Dopo la presentazione alla Filmoteca Española di Madrid..." dice il regista Giancarlo Bocchi, "sono molto felice di questa nuova prestigiosa anteprima del film a Mosca, che si tiene nell'ambito del ciclo di proiezioni nei luoghi dove visse e lottò Guido Picelli."

Infatti, l'antifascista italiano, dopo essere sfuggito alla polizia fascista e dopo un breve periodo in Francia e in Belgio dove venne arrestato ed espulso per la sua attività di agitatore politico, nell'agosto del 1932 arrivò a Mosca. Ma invece del promesso incarico politico e della partecipazione… read more



"Per il bene dei miei fratelli che soffrono le violenze dell'attuale società basata sui principi della più umiliante schiavitù.... "

Il giuramento degli Arditi del Popolo del giugno del 1921 è uno dei tanti documenti, molti dei quali inediti, che verranno pubblicati sul libro che uscirà con il dvd del film "Il Ribelle".

Ditelo ai vostri amici! Mancano 22 giorni al termine della raccolta dei fondi per

il progetto del "RIBELLE"!

#02 / Algunas noticias sobre Picelli y España

Teórico de la guerra de guerrillas, precursor en cierto modo del “Che Guevara”, según algunos testigos de la época, Guido Picelli dedicó largo tiempo al estudio de las técnicas de guerrilla utilizadas por los españoles contra el ejército invasor francés durante las guerras napoleónicas.

Estos estudios sirvieron de base para los cursos que impartió, entre 1933 y 1934, en la Escuela Leninista Internacional de Moscú. En esa ocasión, conoció a Enrique Lister y Juan Modesto, entonces estudiantes de los cursos, que se convertirían más tarde en populares comandantes del frente republicano durante la Guerra de España.

En 1934, Picelli que en su juventud fue actor y recitó junto a Ermete Zacconi, el más famoso actor de las primeras décadas del siglo, escribió y puso en escena en Moscú, en el Club de los Internacionales y en fábricas, varias piezas teatrales.… read more


Chiediamo il vostro sostegno per far conoscere un personaggio della storia europea dimenticato, ma molto importante per il suo pensiero, per le sue azioni e per il suo esempio.

Guido Picelli rappresenta una parte importante delle lotte per la libertà e la giustizia sociale del '900. Una parte che riteniamo sia essenziale far conoscere proprio in un momento come questo nel quale stanno svanendo nel nulla i frutti di cento anni di lotte sociali e politiche. Picelli fu un rivoluzionario sempre schierato dalla parte del popolo, lontano dal settarismo. Uno spirito libero, un politico atipico. Il suo pensiero si racchiudeva in due parole: "unità" e "azione". I suoi obiettivi erano "libertà, pane e lavoro". Era un pacifista convinto che capì come l’unica guerra possibile fosse quella "degli oppressi contro gli oppressori". Per combatterla e vincerla divenne il teorico della "guerriglia", l'uomo più temuto da Mussolini e dai suoi gerarchi.

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