The struggles of a homeless, undocumented immigrant teen and her journey in search of herself through the power of art, is the main theme behind “Inocente,” the Oscar winner for “Best Documentary Short" this year at the 85th Academy Awards.
Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, the documentary follows the life of Mexican-born, 15-year-old Inocente Izucar, an artist living San Diego, California, who with brilliant colors and unique pieces uses art to rise from her challenging reality and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional painter.
Nowadays, at 19, Izucar’s life has made a turnaround. She was given the opportunity to showcase her talents in her first art exhibit, providing her with a source of income and launching her into the art scene.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, there are about 1.7 million homeless youth under the age of 18 in the United States. To date, the country continues to have the largest number of homeless women and children of any industrialized nation, many of who are of Latino heritage.
Take a look at the trailer for "Inocente" above.