Parents' Guide to

Inocente

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Affecting true story of homelessness and the human spirit.

TV MTV Educational 2012
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Heart-wrenching, uplifting, disturbing, inspiring ... a lot of adjectives can be used to describe this documentary, but perhaps none is more fitting than "thought provoking." Inocente cuts away the political debate surrounding lightning-rod issues and presents a fresh face of immigration and homelessness in America. As Inocente shares her hopes and dreams with childlike innocence that's undeterred by her circumstances, it's impossible not to feel compassion for her circumstances. Regardless of your stance on the issues, this moving documentary will cause you to look at them in a new light.

The filmmakers' choice of a subject for this story couldn't have been better crafted; Inocente's youth is a particular attribute if you choose to share this story with your teens, since it makes the issues more relatable to them. Some of the content is pretty tough to hear, especially when Inocente describes her father's abuse and her unhappy relationship with her mother. It's not a comfortable film to watch, but because it's told entirely in Inocente's voice, it allows viewers to make up their own minds about the issues while simultaneously being inspired by the strength of her spirit. And needless to say, it will leave you and your teens with plenty to discuss at its end.

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