Bella Ciao, Song of Rebellion

2021, 90′, produced & directed by Paul Russell & Andrea Vogt.

Sunday 28 August at 20:00 Beirut / 19:00 CET
Online screening (Zoom Platform)
Followed by a debate in English with
Paul Russell & Andrea Vogt, the film Producers & Directors and
Pasquale Porciello, Independent journalist.
Online event


ENG. A 90-minute documentary film about the roots and rise of the most popular revolutionary song in the world. Thanks to an exclusive international collaboration, Millstream Films producers have secured  full access to worldwide music rights of “Bella Ciao” and  more than 20 unique interviews with the larger than life figures, past and present, in Italy and abroad, who helped make this iconic protest anthem famous around the globe.  Millions may now recognise the tune thanks to the commercial popularity of the Netflix series Money Heist, but few know the fascinating full story behind  Bella Ciao. Now it can finally be told.  



Paul Russell, multi cultural background (AngloFrancoAfrican), has lived in Italy for 41 years, although travelled extensively. BA In History & Modern Languages, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  He spent 10 years as Editor in Chief of Aerei magazine, one of Italy’s top aviation publications, coming to know the aerospace world intimately. He went on to become European VP Wingspan Network, the first aviation TV channel; consulted for UPC Netherlands, for AETN International (The History Channel, Crime & Investigation Network etc), for RCS Media Group. He produced for A&E’s Crime & Investigation Network 10 hours of programming “Crime Crossing the Line” and for La7 15 hours of “L’Altra Metà del Crimine”,

In 2014, he set up “Millstream Films & Media” ( with business partner Andrea Vogt and has since produced 100 documentaries for Discovery, BBC, ORF, ZF, Der Spiegel Wissen and Geschichte, Viasat Explore and History, with programming sold to Amazon, Curiosity Stream, Tim Vision.

Andrea Vogt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker independent journalist and author whose news reporting and film productions are regularly published and broadcast in top-tier global media outlets including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Week, Amazon Prime, BBC World News, BBC World Service and varied BBC radio networks.
In 2021-2022 she directed “Bella Ciao, Song of Rebellion,” winner of the Best Feature Documentary awards at Barcelona International Film Festival, Florence Film Awards and the Masters of Cinema Film Festival, and co-directed and co-produced “Warehouse 12: The Story of Beirut Blast,” winner of the Best Documentary Production at Montelupo Fiorentino International Film Festival and nominated for six other international jury prizes.
After completing a Bachelor Arts degree from the University of Idaho in Political Science and German, she covered government and crime at the Lewiston Morning Tribune, The Spokesman-Review and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. As an Arthur F. Burns fellow she worked at the Münchner Merkur in Bavaria, and later was a Fulbright Scholar in journalism (Germany) attached to Der Spiegel in Hamburg.
With 30 years field experience, she’s covered crime, international trafficking, current affairs, politics, natural disasters as well as countless inspiring human endeavors across the globe. She is the author of Common Courage (Caxton Press), a history of the grassroots fight against neo-nazi extremists in the Pacific Northwest, and co-author of Uomini Che Uccidono Le Donne (Rizzoli) a collection of true crime stories from Italy. She is founding partner of Millstream Films & Media, an independent documentary film production company that has produced more than 100 factual films with global distribution about engineering, shipping, current affairs, crime and history for a diverse array of clients, including Discovery Channel, BBC, History Channel, La7, A & E Crime and Investigation and Der Spiegel TV.   Her film experience includes presenting, directing, scriptwriting and producing. Fluent in English, German and Italian, she is based in Bologna.

My name is Pasquale Porciello. I have lived in Beirut for almost ten years, where I work as a political analyst of Lebanon and the Middle East, and as journalist correspondent for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto and other newspapers and magazines.
Furthermore, I am a professor of Italian language and culture at Antonine University and at the Italian Institute of Culture.
I have studied culture, history, politics, and languages of the Middle East in Italy, UK, Syria, and Lebanon. I am fluent in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, as well as the Neapolitan language.
Finally, I am a professional musician, singer, guitarist, composer, arranger, and lyricist.

In partnership with Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Beirut