Based on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood in 1980's El Salvador, Innocent Voices is the poignant tale of Chava, an eleven-year-old boy. Chava suddenly becomes the "man of the house" in a time when the government's army is forcibly recruiting twelve year olds to battle against the peasant rebels of the FMLN. It is a story of life, love, the hope of peace, and the ennobling power of the human spirit.
Innocent Voices is a raw, powerful portrait of childhood spent in a war zone. The images are harrowing... And the emotion feels
real. Padilla's earnest, natural presence lends an almost documentary-style realism to Chava's plight. --Associated Press
It is at once intimate and epic. --Hollywood Reporter
We applaud the director, Luis Mandoki, for shining a light on the plight of children during wartime. --UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman