“Prevail: The War in Africa that Changed the World” a documentary film, in production, that tells the story of Ethiopia’s resistance against Fascist Italy’s invasion. According to the producer, Bereket Kelile, the film is ‘an epic tale of courage, betrayal, faith, love and a proud nation that refused to back down.’

The film will put together the stories of legendary heroes ad patriots of the Italo-Ethiopian War (1935-1941), such as Lieutenant General Jagama Kello, Lekelash Bayan and Blantangeta Lorenzo Taezaz.

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In addition to the brave stories of he Ethiopians who took part in the war, the film aspires to meld important facts and events happened during the war. Some of such facts/events are:

  • From Gandhi to Trotsky, from Josephine Baker and Langston Hughes to Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw, everyone had an opinion about the war between Italy and Ethiopia.
  • A Broadway play was shut down over it. There were spies slinking around in the shadows over it. Marconi, a Fascist, was trying to build a microwave weapon to fight the British because of Ethiopia.
  • About 20,000 black Americans marched on one day alone over it on August 3, 1935, and there were other massive protests in America and around the world. It inspired a 17-year-old Nelson Mandela. It brought together the future leaders of post-war Africa, including Jomo Kenyatta, who would one day lead Kenya, and the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.
  • It had war crimes and atrocities and appalling tragedy. Tens of thousands of Ethiopians were massacred over a three-day period, and thousands more were taken to concentration camps, where about half of them died.
  • This war helps explain why the Middle East is the way it is today, and it was the birthplace of modern propaganda methods used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • It ended with an astonishing rescue against overwhelming odds. A true tale of underdog victory.

Prevail: the war in Africa that changed the world from Bereket Kelile on Vimeo.

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