Academy Award Winner
Inocente is an intensely personal coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvas creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse and an endless shuffle through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and the constant threat of deportation. Told entirely in her words, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, when for the first time she decides to take control of her own destiny. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, our children.