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(40 min) USA

Directors: Andrea Fine, Sean Fine
Producers: Yael Melamede, Andrea Fine, Sean Fine, Emanuel Michael, Albie Hecht


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.

At fifteen, 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 canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past, a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse, an alcoholic mother who once took her daughter by the hand to jump off a bridge, and an endless shuffle through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters. Told entirely in her own words, 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 control of her own destiny. Irreverent, flawed and funny, she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls. 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.


Sean and Andrea Fine are Academy Award-nominated directors and three-time Emmy award winners. Sean is a director/cinematographer, and Andrea is a director/writer. They have worked in over thirty countries, from dangerous war zones to the Arctic Circle, to bring unknown human stories to the screen. The Fines' film War/Dance won the 2009 Best Documentary and Best Cinematography Emmy, and was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Currently Fine Films is directing The Good Life for HBO, a documentary feature chronicling a mother’s race against time to save her only son from an extremely rare and fatal disease that rapidly ages children. They are also directing the second episode of their sports series In The Moment, which takes an intensive look into the forces that create a champion athlete, from the athlete’s own point of view.