Awards and festivals:
2013. – Academy Awards, USA – Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject 2012. – Arizona International Film Festival – Reel Frontier Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking 2012. – Heartland Film Festival – Festival Award for Short Films 2012. – San Antonio Film Festival – Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short 2012. – Awareness Fest – Spirit Award 2012. – EBS International Documentary Festival – UNICEF Special Award 2012. – Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival – Short Film
"Inocente" follows the life of Inocente Izucar, a homeless Latina teenager in San Diego. 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, an alcoholic and defeated mother of four who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge together, and an endless shuffle year after year through the city's overcrowded homeless shelters. We come to Inocente's story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take charge of her own destiny.