Shoes with a smile

For the last twenty years the Association Salvamamme ONLUS is a meeting place between two completely different lives; the one of Maria Grazia Passeri - founder of ONLUS - and that of her right-hand man Jonathan Cruz - a former ward of the association ever since his arrival in Italy as a young Chilean boy. Between sacrifices and rewards, we will discover the difficulties and joys that both encounter in working to spread the mission of the Association: the more we give, the more we receive.

  • Denitza Stefanova
  • Denitza Stefanova
  • Sabrina Fiorito
  • Jonathan Cruz
    Key Cast
    "Jonathan Cruz"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 18, 2019
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  • Language:
    English, Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Sony Alpha Log 2
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Director Biography - Denitza Stefanova

Denitza Stefanova was born in Sofia (Bulgaria). She started to perform at a young age in the national theatrical youth company "Slavianska beseda". She finished her bachelor's degree in film directing with full honors at the New Bulgarian University. She moved to Rome where she took a two years course in acting at the Film and Television Academy at Cinecittà. She works as an assistant director or editor in Bulgarian, Italian and international co-productions between Sofia and Rome. In the last ten years she lives in Italy and performs various artistic activities including video maker and collaborator to film festivals.

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Director Statement

The heart of our short movie is "la Vida" di Jonathan, a small piece of the big reality of the association Salvamamme. The NGO has rescued over 20,000 mothers and children in the last 20 years, giving support and help to face economic difficulties. Now is their turn to ask for a help. We hope that our short movie will touch and open the hearts of many who could help the association to assure its economical stability.