Antonio Bellia, 42, after graduating in Psychology, begins his career as a director with the documentary ‘Peppino Impastato: History of a Free Sicilian Man’. Since then, he alternates for years his work as documentaries’ director to assistant in movies. In 2005, he establishes the ‘Demetra Production’ with Davide Ficarra, pursuing as the main goal the production of documentaries and services for movies and television channels.
During the same year, thanks to the successful result of the documentary ‘Crimini di Pace’ (‘Peace crimes’) on the environmental disaster of the petrochemical pole in Priolo (Italy) , he was invited at taking part to the scientific board of the Italian National UNESCO Commission DESS (Decennial Sustainable Development Education Board).
In 2007, with ‘A Pirrera’ he is asked to teach a seminars’ cycle on Italian documentary in various prestigious American universities, among which Harvard University in Cambridge and Tolune University in New Orleans.
In 2008, he collaborates with RAI Educational to realize two documentaries for ‘La Storia Siamo Noi’ (‘We Are History’). In the last years, still remaining faithful to documentaries, he confronts with different areas of audiovisual production: from music video clips to television advertising, to fictions’ short movies, until reaching the world of video-arts.
In 2010, he comes back to directing with two works: ‘Uno di Noi’ (‘One of Us’), collective movie realized for the prestigious French-German Arte, and ‘A Tutto Tonno’, with which he goes back dealing with environmental themes like the red tuna’s fishing in the Mediterranean Sea. In 2012 he completes his last work ‘Il Santo Nero’ (‘The Black Saint’), a feature film that deals with immigration and tradition issues.