“Inocente” Won In The Short Documentary Category And Is The Story Of How The “A Reason to Survive” Arts Nonprofit Impacts Homeless Youth

When the filmmaking team of Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine won the Oscar for documentary short with “Inocente” on February 24, 2013, they highlighted the enormous impact of a southern California arts nonprofit. “A Reason to Survive,” a National City-based organization dedicated to bettering the lives of homeless youth (and a Creating Public Value grantee), is significantly highlighted in the film.

“The film follows a homeless, undocumented immigrant teenage girl in San Diego as she relentlessly pursues her dream of becoming an artist,” notes the LA Times in a post-Oscar wrap-up. “With heart and wit, the film explores the issue of homelessness among youth while also capturing the power of art and ambition.”

So … when A Reason to Survive notes on its webpage that it “believes that the visual, performing, and literary arts can literally transform lives – especially those of kids,” there’s now an Oscar-winning film to support that belief.

Kudos from the California Arts Council to the filmmakers, to A Reason to Survive staff and supporters, and a special shout-out to all the youth and others whose lives have been transformed through guts, determination, spirit, and the arts.

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