6:30pm EDT March 11
Rogers Center for the Arts
Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus. Directed by Luis Mandoki
Mexico, Rate R, 120 minutes, 2004
Set in the 1980s at the height of El Salvador’s brutal civil war, “Innocent Voices” focuses on Chava (Carlos Padilla), an 11-year-old abruptly elevated to man of the house when his father deserts the family. Seeing war through Chava’s perspective, as loved ones are put in harm’s way and friends conscripted into the armed forces immediately upon turning 12 – an age he dreads reaching – it’s hard not to think of the plight of children in all war-torn countries.
6:30 p.m. Commentary by Luis Saenz de Viguera Erkiaga
7:00 p.m. Screening