The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Inocente - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Short

"I'm waiting for that one day that will change my life." 

Inocente is a San Diego teen-ager with a warm grin, sparkling eyes, big talent—and no home. For the past nine years, along with her undocumented mother and two brothers, she has moved from shelter to park to friend's house, never staying in one place longer than three months. Indications are that her mother is abusive.

Inocente's dreams of becoming an artist have managed to live, undiminished. Becoming a participant at A Reason To Survive (ARTS)—a non-profit organization offering visual, literary, and performance arts programs for kids with life challenges—has been a turning point for her. And even though as she narrates the film, she says she is "waiting for that one day" that will change her life, she has actively and prodigiously worked every day at her craft to make her dreams manifest.

Heart-breaking, uplifting, inspiring, and beautiful. The documentary short, Inocente, is all that and more. The three-minute clip below offers a delightful appetizer to entice you to enjoy the full documentary.

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