About the film
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An internationally-recognized fitness expert in peak physical condition, Ilaria was trained to conquer the challenges she faced in life.

In August 2016, Ilaria was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, for most victims, breast cancer is no longer a fatal disease. For an athlete such as Ilaria, it was threatening to not only her ability to work and her livelihood, but also her passion and the motivation of her life.


Stronger for Life documents Ilaria’s fight against this disease and how she embodies her philosophy that has been the inspiration for so many – how a disciplined commitment to strengthening our bodies fortifies our hearts and minds, too; one that reminds us that while life can be hard, we can be strong.

Ilaria Montagnani Bio

“When you develop the discipline to train your body and find the determination to do it even when it’s hard, when it’s uncomfortable, and you push past that, you develop the mental strength to face life’s challenges. Exercise makes you stronger for life.”

Ilaria Montagnani


Stephanie Gaweda


Stephanie Gaweda is a cinematographer, producer, editor, bonafide camera junkie, admirer of waterfalls. She received her first camera at the age of nine, and from floppy disks to film, her passion grew from there. Stephanie has worked on commercials, music videos, and narrative films but her real passion is in documentary and video journalism. She loves to create change through her camera lens.

Vicki Sufian


Emmy award winner Vicki Sufian worked as a writer, director, producer, senior producer and executive producer of documentaries, magazine shows and studio programs at CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, CNN and PBS. In addition, she was senior producer of documentaries at MSNBC for over 14 years. Her awards include an Emmy for outstanding documentary, three Emmy nominations, a Ciné Golden Eagle, a duPont Columbia Silver Baton and a Gracie award.

Special Acknowledgments


Noriko Sugiura is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York. As a filmmaker, Noriko has worked on projects for such distinguished organizations at The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice, Autism Speaks and the Ministry of Education in Japan.


To our dedicated cameramen and camerawomen : Giovanni Ferlito, Erika Hearn, Benjamin Sidney, Uladzimir Taukachou, Delphine Batier and Nicola Ciccarelli

Special Thanks


We would not have made it this far without the Powerstrike community as well as family and friends who have given such generous support.


Please support us in the completion of this film through a financial contribution that will help bring this inspiring story to life.

All donations are tax deductible under the auspices of our fiscal sponsor, Creative Visions Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Creative Visions supports those that use the power of arts and media to inspire and produce positive social change.

If your corporation or organization would like to sponsor this film, please contact us at info@strongerforlife.film


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