Synopsis by Mark Deming
Inocente Izucar is a teenage girl who likes rabbits, root beer floats, high-top sneakers, and especially painting. Inocente's artwork, using bright colors, bold patterns, and pop-art-influenced imagery, has already earned her acclaim as a talent to watch from the creative community in New York, where she lives, but she's a long way from being a typical teenage prodigy. Inocente's parents came to the United States illegally, her father was deported after physically abusing her mother, she and her family have been homeless most of her life, and she once had to urge her mother away from the railing of a bridge when she was convinced it was better to jump than to go on living. Documentary filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine discovered Inocente Izucar while working on a project about homeless youth in New York City, and in Inocente they look into the life of a young woman determined to use her talents to make something of herself despite the odds. Inocente received a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject.
artist, homelessness, immigrant