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SAO PAULO — On January 8th, 2021 Embraer will premiere its animated short film ‘O Voo do Impossível” (The Flight of the Impossible) in celebration of Ozires Silva’s, one of Brazil’s most important leaders in the aeronautic industry, 90th birthday. 

The 14-minute-long 3D film reveals Ozires Silva's life starting with his childhood alongside his inseparable friend nicknamed Zico and progressing to his career as a military pilot and aeronautic engineer at the Brazilian Air Force, where his dream of designing an aircraft materializes. In 1969 Mr. Silva led the team that founded Embraer.

The story starts in the early 1940s, when the two boys used to meet on a park bench in Bauru city, in the Midwest of São Paulo State, to talk about aviation and try to understand why Brazil did not manufacture its own airplanes. Later in life, the boys decide to apply for the Brazilian Air Force with the goal of becoming pilots and studying in an aeronautical engineering school.

The short 3D film enables audiences to relive Mr. Silva’s life story entwined with funny and attractive approaches. The 3D film applies concepts of classic cinema with audiovisual aesthetics. The short film shows characters and scenarios modeled with textures and colors researched and captured from that time real records, creating a realistic and humanized atmosphere.

'O Voo do Impossível' will be available on social media and Embraer’s official channels. The premiere is a partnership with the Brazil YouTube channel “Aviões e Músicas by Lito Sousa”. Synopsis – 'O Voo do Impossível' The main story line of this 14-minute short film is the life of a boy who dreamt of making airplanes in Brazil in the 1940s. The story is based on facts, and the animation reveals details of the life of engineer Ozires Silva, the aeronautics officer who dedicated his life to a childhood ideal and led the creation of Embraer, now one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world.

The film shows a story of friendship; the surprise when discovered Brazil would have an aeronautical engineering school; and the role of a Frenchman who helped Mr. Silva identify the most suitable flying machine to take development to the most remote regions. Filled with messages about daring, perseverance and enthusiasm, 3D computer graphics engages audiences of all ages throughout the playful narrative to deliver thew message that it is always worth pursuing our dreams. 

About Ozires Silva

Silva was born on January 8, 1931, in Bauru, State of São Paulo, Brazil. In 1948 he joined Aeronautic School, linked to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), in Rio de Janeiro, where he received his military license four years later. He moved to São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, to join the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in 1959, graduating in Aeronautical Engineering in 1962. After graduation, he started to lead the Department of Aircraft at the Institute of Research and Development (IPD), linked to the then Technical Center of Aeronautics (CTA). In 1965 he started the IPD-6504 project, which would later become the Bandeirante aircraft.

Mr. Silva promoted, alongside a group of visionaries, the creation of Embraer in 1969, becoming the company's superintendent director until 1986, when he accepted the offer to take the command of the Brazilian oil company Petrobras. After two years as Minister of Infrastructure and Communications for Brazilian President Fernando Collor, Ozires Silva returned to Embraer in 1992 and chaired the company until its privatization, in December 1994.

Mr. Silva assumed the presidency of Varig airline in 2000, remaining in the position for two years. In 2003, he created Pele Nova Biotecnologia, whose mission was focused on the development of therapeutic and dermo-cosmetic innovations based on the biodiversity of Brazil. In the last few decades, Mr. Silva has become an active voice in favor of education, writing several books and articles on the subject. He currently is the chairman of the Strategic Council of Ânima Educação, Chancellor of the University São Judas, and Patron of the courses of Engineering and Aviation of the Ânima Ecosystem.
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