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Inocente, Undocumented Artist and Subject of Oscar-Winning Short Documentary, Has Big News

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Back in 2013, on the biggest night of year for Hollywood — the Academy Awards ceremony — a young undocumented Latina, Inocente Izucar, was thrust into the spotlight. When it was announced that the film Inocente won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short the directors, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, went up on stage to accept their award and took Inocente with them. In his acceptance speech Sean Fine thanked Inocente, “Most of all, we want to thank this young lady who was homeless just a year ago and now she’s standing in front of all of you.”

The circumstances of her life, chronicled in the short documentary film Inocente, are heartbreaking. She suffered physical abuse, chronic homelessness, and the constant fear of deportation since she and her family arrived in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But, through intimate interviews with Inocente, her calm voice narrating the details of her experiences, it becomes apparent that her optimism is unbreakable. She turns to art, to painting, to soothe her pain.