Sara is a Big Issue vendor from Spain, where she was a ventriloquist performer. Since moving to London she has seen several misfortunes including a dependency on heroin and involvement in abusive relationships. Now she has a positive outlook on life and is keen to establish her own career, home and happiness.

This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view.
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1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both
producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit


I've always been center of attention, the sunshine of the Strand. 'Cause you know it's nice when you see someone smiling, you know, early morning. Make your day, makes sense, you know. A lot of people just are so miserable in morning. In Barcelona, was a huge success my act that I just start doing that in pubs, bars, restaurants. And it was actually, you know, doing really well. You have to do that job, take you a lot of energy, you have to be obviously really happy and now I'm getting there. I will do that, that's for sure. 'Cause you know I'm really good to make people's love. And it's something I've been doing for all my life. One of the marks that I got with Heroine, you know, and every time I watch it, you know, I feel proud of myself, 'cause I came really far away, you know. Unfortunately, it's like, one of my best friends was the first person that inject me for the first time, and you know, it's like, obviously, you know, you lose your freedom and I love freedom and that's the reason I left Heroine. I was two months, you know, sleeping rough, you know, going to places but you know, really bad experience 'cause you know it's like, when you are a girl on the streets it's really hard to get, you know, guys just want to abuse you, it makes sense, you know. I'm not this type of girl. Here every single day is a different experience and that is the...keeps me alive, you know, makes sense. Keeps me fighting for my life, 'cause you know, I got a huge breakdown and I don't want to have a second one. You know that's me, what I'm doing here is try to make people smile. That is what the big issue gave me, you know, the connection with people. I could never change that, never. You know it's like, if I'm not here, people miss me. That is fantastic you know, not too many big issue sellers can say that you know.

Eeee another customer. Customer time!

Hopefully I will get back, you know, to comedy but it's not bothering me at the moment, you know. At the moment I've got other important things to do. I want to get a little puppy, female puppy. I got already, all the stuff, you know, that's me, when I come in the future, someone to love, someone that will love me back. But, you know, it must become an animal not a human. And then it's like, hopefully, after that, it will be like, you know, getting better, and better, and better and hopefully, you know, start getting on my feet professional as well. Every job I does in my life, I finish in a high position, even the big issue. The day I will lock off, you know, I will be going for the big door. That's me, I'm proud, I'm proud.

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