Inocente (2012)

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Inocente Izucar is a teenage girl who likes rabbits, root beer floats, high-top sneakers, and especially painting. Inocente's artwork, using bright colors, bold patterns, and pop-art-influenced imagery, has already earned her acclaim as a talent to watch from the creative community in New York, where she lives, but she's a long way from being a typical teenage prodigy. Inocente's parents came to the United States illegally, her father was deported after physically abusing her mother, she and her family have been homeless most of her life, and she once had to urge her mother away from the railing of a bridge when she was convinced it was better to jump than to go on living. Documentary filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine discovered Inocente Izucar while working on a project about homeless youth in New York City, and in Inocente they look into the life of a young woman determined to use her talents to make something of herself despite the odds. Inocente received a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject.
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[Inocente], with her fabulously painted face and indomitable spirit, qualifies as pure joy in human form.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Washington Post
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"I'm waiting for that one day that will change my life." -Inocente Inocente is a San Diego teen-ager with a warm grin, sparkling eyes, big talent-and no home. For the past nine years, along with her undocumented mother and two brothers, she has moved from shelter to park to friend's house, never staying in one place longer than three months. Indications are that her mother is abusive. Inocente's dreams of being an artist have somehow survived. Becoming a participant at A Reason To Survive (ARTS)-a non-profit organization offering visual, literary, and performance arts programs for kids with life challenges-has been a turning point for her. And even though as she narrates the film, she says she is "waiting for that one day" that will change her life, she has actively and prodigiously worked every day at her craft to make her dreams manifest. Heart-breaking, uplifting, inspiring, and beautiful. The documentary short, Inocente, is all that and more. ~~The Curt Critic ~ Liz Zélandais ~ http://curtcritic.blogspot.com ~~

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