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Defying The Odds

Sun. May 28, 2017 – 10:00 am | The U.S. Navy Memorial Theater


Directed by Durval Pereira

Documentary Short
Brazil | 56 min | 2016

How strong and enduring can the impact war causes on a human being be?

This is one of the questions approached in this documentary, whose background is the trajectory of the men from 3rd Battalion of the 6th Infantry Regiment — “Navalha” [“Switchblade”] —, of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force, in Italy during World War II.

Switchblade - Durval PereiraDurval Lourenço Pereira
Director, Producer

Durval Lourenço Pereira is an audiovisual producer. He graduated in Film, Television and Media Studies, produced and directed the documentary, O “Lapa Azul” – Os homens do III Batalhão do 11º RI na II Guerra Mundial (2007) [The “Blue Lapa” – The men from the 3rd Battalion of the 11th Infantry Regiment in World War II], shown on several national and foreign TV channels, highlighting A&E/History Channel, RT- Russian Television and Netflix, among others. He is a photographer specialized in Fine Art Photography, and had his photos exhibited at the photography show, Making Art in Italy, in São Paulo (2011).

Switchblade - Poster

Film Information

Director: Durval Lourenço Pereira
Country: Brazil
Year: 2016
Language: Portuguese
Runtime: 56 min
English Subtitles


Producers: Durval Lourenço Pereira
Cinematographer/DP: Durval Lourenço Pereira
Sound Editor: Caraíva Músic
Original Music/Composer:  Fernando Barreto

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