Inocente International Premier at Hot Docs in Toronto!

Inocente will have its international premier at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, Canada.  Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe.  Our film War/Dance won the Hot Docs Audience Award when it screened there in 2007.

INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. Despite a history of domestic abuse and spending the last 9 years homeless, 15-year-old Inocente is irreverent, flawed and funny and she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls.  Her artistic talent has finally been noticed, and if she can create a body of work in time, she has an opportunity to put on her first art show. Both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that her circumstances do not define her, her dreams do.

Hot Docs Screenings

Sun, Apr 29 7:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
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Mon, Apr 30 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
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Fri, May 4 11:00 AM
The ROM Theatre
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Screening with The Quiet One.

Twitter: @InocenteDoc

Susan MacLaury at NYU Heyman Center Speaker Series March 28th

SusanSusan MacLaury, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shine Global, will be participating in the NYU Heyman Center Speaker Series “Philanthropy 3.0″on March 28th in the “Filmmakers as Fundraisers” panel.  Joining Susan will be Carolyn Jones, Cofounder, 100 People Foundation, Carlton Evans, Founder, Disposable Film Festival, Jon Vidar, Executive Director, The Tiziano Project, and Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Ai-Wei Wei: Never Sorry. The panel of filmmakers and cause-video advocates will discuss the growing influence of visual storytelling advocacy. Panelists will show clips of their work and discuss new philanthropy-filmmaking partnerships for social change — as well as the rise of ‘citizen filmmakers’ telling global stories from the streets.

The panel is part of a larger Heyman Center initiative called Philanthropy Perspectives, an ongoing forum comprised of events, seminars, panels, and writings focusing on new conversations in philanthropy. The series convenes national experts and leaders in social media, nonprofit advocacy, the arts and social enterprise to explore critical new trends, technologies and ideas that are reshaping the giving sector here and around the world.

March 28th from 12-2p

Filmmakers as Fundraisers

Location: SCPS Building, 7 East 12th Street, NYC

Registration is Required, for more info click here

Inocente Cleveland International Film Festival Tickets on Sale!

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Tickets are now on sale for Inocente at the 36th Cleveland International Film Festival!

tickets and showtimes

Wednesday, March 28 11:55 AM
Thursday, March 29 6:30 PM

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INOCENTE is a personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist’s determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by being an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past. INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in her story proves that her circumstances do not define her, her dreams do.

Twitter: @InocenteDoc

Watch War Dance and understand the story behind #StopKony

War Dance

Invisible Children’s viral #StopKony campaign has caused a lot of controversy.  Some criticize its facts, its vilifying of the Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony to the exclusion of all other problems, or the organization itself.  Whatever your thoughts are, what the campaign has done exceedingly well is to bring the issue of child soldiers to current consciousnesses.

Shine Global’s first film War/Dance (2007) tells the stories of Dominic, Rose, and Nancy as they transform from victims of war into triumphant young adults.  For the past two decades, the children of the Acholi tribe in northern Uganda have been caught in the middle of a horrific war between the country’s leadership and the rebel force, the LRA. But when the camp’s primary school unexpectedly wins a regional music competition, the opportunity to compete nationally in Kampala brings with it the forgotten chance to dream.  War Dance was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary and won two Emmys for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography along with over 20 festival awards and honors.  The LA Times said “To make a memorable documentary… that can’t be forgotten once seen, you have to be more than gifted, you need an instinct for an unusual story and, frankly, you must have luck on your side. “War/Dance,” co-directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, has all that and more.”  War Dance is available for purchase on Amazon and can be watched on both Hulu and Netflix.  Or you can make a tax deductible donation to Shine Global so we can continue making films like War/Dance and receive a thank you gift of a War/Dance DVD and the short follow up documentary War/Dance Returns! Click here to donate now.

In the summer of 2008, director Sean Fine, executive producer Susan MacLaury, and the original “War Dance” film crew traveled back to Uganda for the first time since “War Dance” was filmed. Finally, the people of Uganda, were able to watch “War Dance,” the film dedicated to sharing their story with the world. Approximately 7-10 thousand people came to see the film in the Patongo camp making a lasting impression on the entire crew as well as Rose, Nancy, and Dominic.

Rose, Nancy, and Dominic have blossomed into strong and determined young adults who have become leaders in their community. They are admired for their strength and courage, and their hope shines brighter than ever.

You can watch War/Dance Returns for free online at

Shine Global is a 501(c)3 non-profit film production company.  All donations go to the production of our films and net profits are given to organizations working on the ground with the issues and children we document.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.