a documentary film by
Available on Demand 1/17/23
82 MINUTES | DOCUMENTARY | DRAMA | COLOR | ENGLISH | NR TV-14
Director of Photography
Zuzana Lova & Isabella Grosso
Ron Umphenour & Ann Umphenour
Erin Melendez, Erica Taylor & Jason Taylor
Isabella Grosso, Shawna Whitlock, Erin Melendez, Jordan Funkey
Our hybrid documentary follows the story of Isabella Grosso, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. In her quest to heal, Isabella discovered a sense of empowerment through the power of dance and founded SHE-IS, a non profit combining the art of dance with therapy.
As she embraces the experience of self-love through movement, Isabella sets out on an international journey to help other survivors of sexual abuse and sex trafficking find healing.
ABOUT DIRECTOR ZUZANA LOVA
Born and raised in the Czech Republic and currently living in Los Angeles, Zuzana has been a professional dancer for over 18 years and has been working closely with survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking for over 7 years. She is very passionate about documentary filmmaking and she is driven to honestly portray the lives of survivors. She Is... is her directorial debut and she hopes this film will help shift the focus from the abuse to the life of healing and survivorship in aftercare, as a survivor's hopes and dreams often come alive during this time.
ABOUT SUBJECT ISABELLA GROSSO
A California native to parents of Italian and Spanish decent, Isabella is a professional dancer who began twirling in her family’s living room at three years old. Educated at the Debbie Allen Academy, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and Julliard, her repertoire includes Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Salsa, and Swing.
She is known for the high energy, creativity, and passion she brings to dance and has danced for many top industry artists (Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Pitbull), and made many TV show appearances ("The Mentalist,” "Desperate Housewives,” "Victorious,” "Switched at Birth”).
But the path to her professional dance career didn’t come easily. At the age of five years old, Isabella was abused for the first time. By the time she was 17, she was abused by seven different people, and none of them were a stranger to her.
After years of attempting to heal from her trauma, she finally found solitude in dance. Dance helped her discover a sense of empowerment and reconnection with her body, and allowed her to work through trauma to find a healing mind-body connection. After personally experiencing the power of dance in survivorship, Isabella set out to share her experiences with others.
In September 2014, she founded She-Is to help survivors of sexual abuse and sex trafficking find healing through dance. Today, her work with She-Is has become her greatest life passion and purpose.
She-Is Non Profit Foundation
She-Is combines the art of dance with the healing art of therapy to overcome trauma caused by sexual abuse.