We had the good fortune of connecting with Lia Beltrami and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lia, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
There are some healthy habits that have helped my success. Certainly the first is a strict rhythm in the day. As a woman, it wasn’t easy to build my career and take care of the family. I found it helpful to pace my day, never leaving behind: wake up at dawn, fitness, a good breakfast and then off to work and family. Meditation has also helped me a lot. To this I would also add the practice of tenacity and… “Never take no as an answer”.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This year I will be celebrating 30 years as a documentary filmmaker. In that time I have directed 45 documentaries and with great pride I have won 80 awards at international festivals, including the Golden Lion for Peace in Venice in 2017. I have always tried to tell the truth, independently, without compromising. I then chose to create my own company, which is now called Aurora Vision, precisely to generate change in society. When I started, 30 years ago, I did not hope to achieve all this. I had studied at the New York Film Academy, and then I started working in the field, in Africa in particular. I often had great problems: difficulty in filming in war zones, difficulty in finding budgets, and sometimes a lot of misunderstanding.
There were times when I wanted to call it quits, but they lasted a very short time. The teaching of my mother and grandmother, always brought me back on course: in life never go back, take one step at a time, always forward.
Difficulties have been my teachers.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A while back I had some special guests, Deanna and Nina Davuluri former Miss America. In one week we did everything. The first stop was Venice: by motorboat in the canals, we went to the film festival and on the red carpet. We ate excellent fish in Chioggia. Then we drove to Tuscany, through beautiful hills, to Florence. We sampled salami, bread, and the best wine ever.
From Tuscany we drove up into the mountains, into the Dolomites, to Madonna di Campiglio. One of the most beautiful places in the world. There we administrated, climbed, danced and had a wonderful picnic. And that’s where the idea for my new book “Picnic: the Art of Living” was born. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
An extraordinary woman constantly inspires me and has contributed to my success: H.H. Anita Evelyn Stokes Heyford, former Ambassador of Ghana in Italy, Greek, Croatia and Malta. She is a profound, sincere, strong and caring woman. As a journalist and ambassador, she has taught me to overcome prejudices and to fight hard for my own admission in life. Never surrender.

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