Film Screening of Inocente and Discussion at SLU
On April 29th, the subject of the Academy Award-Winning documentary Inocente will screen her film in the Wool Ballroom of St. Louis University at 7:00 PM. The film tells the story of Inocente's coming of age as an artist and her simultaneous struggle with homelessness as an undocumented immigrant. Both Inocente and the Executive Director of A Reason to Survive (ARTS) will be on hand for a Q&A session following the screening. The event is free and open to the public.
Joining Inocente will be Matt D'Arrigo, the founder and Executive Director of ARTS, which is the San Diego nonprofit that worked with Inocente to develop her passion for art. The organization is dedicated to providing, supporting, and advocating for arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity. According to Mr. D'Arrigo, Inocente "is exactly the kind of person I created this program for." Some of Inocente's artwork will also be available for purchase.
The event is being sponsored by the Saint Louis University School of Social Work with the hope that the film and speakers will stimulate community dialogue about creative ways to address complex issues such as chronic homelessness, the plight of undocumented children, and the decline of funding for the arts.
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