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Distributed by Cinema Guild, 115 West 30th Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10001; 212-685-6242
Produced by Shine Global and MTV
Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
DVD , color, 40 min.
Jr. High - General Adult
Art, Homelessness, Education, Social Sciences

Reviewed by Jessica Schomberg, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended    ALA
Date Entered: 12/4/2012

“Just because I’m homeless doesn’t mean I don’t have a life, because I do have a life.”
An engaging documentary about homelessness and hope from the viewpoint of soft-spoken, thoughtful, 15-year-old Inocente. As she narrates the challenges she’s faced in her life—an abusive childhood, homelessness, undocumented status—as well as the opportunities she receives from working on her art, it’s hard not to become caught up in her world. The framework of the film revolves around Inocente’s preparations for a highly competitive arts show and her hope to get into the Toussaint Academy, a shelter for teens that may give her a stable home for the first time since she was 6.

This film originally aired on MTV and is available for free on the MTV website at the time this review was written.

Highly recommended