(2004, Mexico) A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.
Writers: Luis Mandoki (screenplay), Oscar Orlando Torres (screenplay)
Stars:Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela and Xuna Primus
Innocent Voices has already been screened at a number of Human Rights Film Festivals and it has also received many awards.
Its subject is the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s and the critique of the aid, military and financial, which the US government had given to the El Salvador regime and to the training of Latin American forces at the School of America.
By the beginning of the century, he had become tired of Hollywood projects and wanted to make something substantial and to work in Latin America. Providentially, he met an aspiring actor in Los Angeles, Oscar Orlando Torres, who had not succeeded in making a career for himself but had a story to tell and a screenplay he had written.
Mandoki was able to go to Mexico to make his film and to construct sets in the jungle that would create an authentic picture of those times, only twenty years ago.
Seeing this film offers a sober reminder of the induction of children into armies in our times, especially in Sierra Leone and the brutalisation of children in the contemporary war in northern Uganda. The Innocent Voices are turned into the aggressive sounds of lost innocence.