As Women’s History Month winds down Docwomen.com is gearing up to spotlight films that highlight the social issues affecting women and girls. Last night at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem, Docwomen Erika Howard, Tatiayana Jenkins and Amanda Lopez presented Inocente, Oscar Winner for the 2013 best “Documentary Short Subject.”
Directed by Andrea Nix and Sean Fine, the 40-minute short follows 15 year-old Inocente, a homeless teenage girl living in San Diego. The film explores some dark territory but stays focused on the brightly colored horizon of Inocente’s burgeoning art career. Producer Yael Melamede was on hand to answer questions about the making of the film, its journey to the Oscars, and how the film is now being used around the country to foster awareness about homelessness, immigration, and the healing power of the arts.
The screening and Q & A was the first of a series of quarterly events presented by Docwomen aimed at inspiring advocacy and social change through outreach and audience engagement.