My Heart is Not Afraid
The documentary film presents the life of Alojzij Grozde, from his childhood in the poor Dolenjska region to his life as a student and finally his tragic death. The film narrative combines interviews and dramatised re-enactments that try to portray Grozde in a more personal way. The whole film tries to answer the question of who was Alojzij Grozde with the help of experts, historians, and the views of ordinary people who have come into contact with him or his story.
The film primarily came about due to the extraordinary story offered by Grozde's biography. Its purpose is to present the most important parts of his life and the historical situation that led to his death and his beatification to a broader audience. The re-enactments complement the documentary narrative and bring it closer to the modern viewer.
The film, which was produced by Studio Siposh, features a cast of more than 20 people. The role of Alojzij Grozde is played by three young actors, who present him in different periods of his life. The documentary was mostly filmed in Dolenjska, and it was produced by a team of more than 70 people, who performed their various roles and duties with an enthusiasm which rivalled that of Grozde.
“The film ‘ The Burning Bishop’ about Archbishop Vovk, which has been screened more than 50 times in Slovenia and the world, has clearly shown that there aren’t enough films with Christian content in Slovenia and that audiences desire them.”
David Sipoš, producer/director
The central symbols of the film are the sun and the motif of the snowdrops. The snowdrops were next to Grozde's corpse when the children found him. They are harbingers of spring and signify the end of winter and the prospect of better days. At the same time, they symbolise the personality of Alojzij Grozde with their perseverance by pushing through the snow in early spring.
About Studio Siposh
Studio Siposh is a creative team of filmmakers passionate about stories the modern world needs. From the legacy we inherited from our ancestors we want to share the wisdom and help spread the message with the power of film.