“Inocente,” the eye-opening documentary about an extremely talented homeless teen in San Diego, Calif. who changed her not-so-beautiful environment, and the lives of those in it through art, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Short category.
The protagonist, Inocente Izucar, was 15 when the film was made. In it, she said, “I’m still waiting for that one day that will change my life.”
Today, at 19, her life has changed. Thanks to the program ARTS: A Reason to Survive, Inocente was able to put on her first art show, and since then, has been living on her own thanks to the income of her artwork.
Director Sean Fine told the New York Times he was gratified the film has brought attention to young people in Inocente’s situation.
“There are millions of Inocente’s out there,” he said. “It’s just that people don’t normally take the time to listen to them.”
According to the New York Times, when he called Inocente, he said she was very excited and asked if she could bring her rabbit to the Oscars.
There are four other nominees in the Best Documentary Short category, and the winners will be announced on Feb. 24 on ABC.