The Oscar-winning documentary "Inocente" will be shown on at 5 p.m. Wednesday on the big screen in the meeting room at the Marshalltown Public Library.
This short documentary follows the story of 15-year-old Inocente who has struggled with issues like family violence, homelessness, and her family's undocumented status for as long as she can remember. Even in the face of these enormous challenges, "Inocente" manages to sustain her spirit, especially through her involvement in a San Diego based arts program for at-risk kids. The program's name, ARTS, is an acronym for "A Reason to Survive" - a name that seems hauntingly accurate in light of Inocente's powerful story.
"There's a part in the movie where Inocente says that people are surprised when they know her story to see that her artwork is so full of joyful and bright colors," said Joa LaVille of the Marshalltown Public Library. "Her story is such a powerful message about resilience and the importance for each of us in finding those personal connections and those intangibles that 'save our lives'...whether it is art, music, poetry, passion for a cause."
The 40 minute movie will be followed by the chance for informal discussion, while audience members are given the opportunity to "play with" arts supplies, in Inocente's style. This free program is for a teen through adult audience, and requires no pre-registration.
This program is made possible through a collaboration between the Marshalltown Public Library, Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown, the Domestic Violence Alternatives and Sexual Assault Center (DVA/SAC), and the Central Iowa Art Association. Financial support was also provided by 7 Rayos, a Main Street business. Information will be available about arts opportunities in Marshalltown, as well as about some of the issues raised in the film.
For more information, please call Joa LaVille or Stacey McKim at the Marshalltown Public Library at 641-754-5738.