(2012) on IMDb


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 15, 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.

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. Her 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. Meanwhile, her family life is at a tense impasse – – if she legally emancipates herself from her mother to strike out on her own, she’ll risk placing her brothers in foster care, but to stay is unbearable.

Action Steps


1. DONATION DRIVE for a local homeless youth shelter and/or community arts program. Check out resources at The National Network for Youth and The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

2. BUY ORIGINAL ART from Inocente through her online art store.

3. BECOME A MENTOR to youth in your community! Learn more via Mentoring USA or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Dreaming of a life as vivid as her art.
— The New York Times
Gabriel Zimmer