Innocent voices

A film by Luis Mandoki

Cast: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus

The plot is set during the Salvadoran Civil War, and is based on writer Óscar Torres’s childhood. It is a true story. A young boy is trying to have a normal childhood in Salvator in 1980 during the civil war. He is trying to survive with his family with the war raging around him.

His father escaped to the United States at the start of the civil war when he was only 5. His family lives in a small town of Cuscatancingo that is currently heavily fought over between the Salvadoran army and the El Salvador guerrillas. In Innocent Voices, the government is being given American funds to fight the communist-led guerrillas. Now I don’t know if you saw the Oliver’s Stone film Salvator but it is about a journalist that covers both sides. What sets Innocent voices apart is that is about this boy and his family who are in the middle of this war. It is there point of view of this boy named Chava. His uncle is with the guerrillas, so he supports his uncle , and he fears the government because he does not want to be taken into the army. His mother is trying to survive and works odd jobs to feed her family. Chava takes upon himself to have a job, he talks into a bus driver to be the conductor. There are some terrifying scenes where the resident has to go under their mattress to dodge bullets when the soldier and the guerrillas get into a shoot out to top it all off it is almost every night. To live under those condition plus move further to avoid the war it is not an easy thing to do as Chava and his family come to find out.  There are some scenes that are heard wrenching I will give you this warning. The film is effective here and you will go how did they survive this hell hole. Plus they had to evade the army because they where taking kids that are 12 years old to train them to fight. There was 300,000 kids all over the world that were forced to be trained as soldier. When it comes to war the innocent will suffer as well and that is a shame.

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