Oscar® Winning Documentary Short


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Homeless. Creative. Unstoppable.

The Academy Award®-winning INOCENTE is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a 15-year old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her – her dreams do.


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“A glowing portrait”


“Exceptional documentary”


“Charming and occasionally heartbreaking”


“It’s an inspirational story, and it suggests, convincingly, that we haven’t heard the last from this kid.”

the Washington post

“The unforgettable “Inocente” introduces us to an extraordinary teen who has no home.”

NY Daily news

“Inocente” is a powerhouse… it’s an affecting and endearing portrait of a girl whose voice deserves to be heard.”

LA weekly

“Insanely inspiring”


“(Inocente) isn’t just a number – she’s a vibrant young artist who’s putting a face on the issues of immigration and homelessness”

Teen vogue

“ This documentary… is (like its subject) bright, beautiful and deeply moving.”

Mike Hughes on TV

“An engaging documentary about homelessness and hope…it’s hard not to become caught up in her world”

Jessica Schomberg (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Educational Media Reviews

“Inocente is redefining the face of homelessness in America.”

Univision News

“A heartbreaking film that tells the story of a resilient 15 year-old Latina”

The Huffington Post

viewersSeen by over 1 million people around the world

viewersBroadcast on EPIX HD and MTV in summer 2012

politicalScreened for members of Congress in 2013

broad_awarenessCompanion arts workshop available at no extra cost for after school programs.  See video here.

broad_awarenessInocente is redefining the face of homelessness in America.”
– Carolina del Busto, Univision News

broad_awareness“An extraordinary film, raising at once issues of arts education, homelessness, family violence, and immigration reform through its focus on a young woman with an amazingly compelling story… The film will trigger questions and promote progress on some critical social issues facing our nation.”
– Thomas A.Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)

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Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Subject
Winner Heartland Film Festival
Winner Unicef Special Award EBS International Documentary Festival
Winner Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
Winner Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival Jury Award
Winner Awareness Fest
Official Selection Hot Docs International Film Festival
Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival
Winner Arizona International Film Festival


Directed by
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Produced by
Yael Melamede, Albie Hecht, Emanuel Michael, and Sean and Andrea Fine

Executive Producers
Susan MacLaury, John Leguizamo, Ryan A. Brooks, Christina Weiss Lurie, and Jeffrey Lurie

Rob Henninger and Kari Kim

Associate Producers
Anne Marler, Alexandra Blaney, Jen Dougherty, and Jessica Latham

Edited by
Jeff Consiglio

Director of Photography
Sean Fine

Music By
Rick Witkowski & Vanessa Campagna & Keegan DeWitt

Shine Global and MTV Present

Salty Features
Unison Films
Fine Films

Screenpass Pictures
Gold Glove Productions

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