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Innocent Voices -- 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.


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Luis Mandoki (screenplay)
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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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Carlos Padilla ... Chava

Leonor Varela ... Kella
Gustavo Muñoz ... Ancha

José María Yazpik ... Uncle Beto

Ofelia Medina ... Mama Toya

Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Priest

Jesús Ochoa ... Chofer
Jorge Angel Toriello ... Fito

Adrian Alonso ... Chele
Andrés Márquez ... Marcos
Alejandro Felipe ... Ricardito (as Alejandro Felipe Flores)
Ana Paulina Caceres ... Rosita (as Ana Paulina Cáceres)
Xuna Primus ... Cristina Maria

Paulina Gaitan ... Angelita (as Paulina Gaytan Ruíz)
Alan Chávez ... Antonio (as Alan Andreé)

Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Teniente Ruíz

Héctor Jiménez ... Raton

Guillermo Ríos ... Soldado
Lourdes Villareal ... Dona Celia
Ania Yarasech ... Maestra Carmen
Prisiliana Hernández ... Dona Amalia
Aurelio Perea Morales ... Don Yeyo
Luisa Garza ... Maestra Sol
Alberto Lara ... Director de escuela
Filomena Hernández ... Viejita
Lucila Casterejón ... Mujer Bazar 1
Jonathan Morales ... Temo
Daniela Varela ... Yanira
René Hernandez ... René (as René Hernández)
Jennifer Cuevas ... Companera de Trabajo
Gilda Navarro ... Monja 1
Margarita Mandoki ... Monja 2
José Augustín Flores ... Tío Mario
Manuel Zorrilla ... Soldado
Antonio García ... Sargento
Juan Carlos Luna ... Soldado Americano 2
Félix Johannes ... Soldado Americano 3
Isabel Galvan ... Mujer Bazar 2
Juan Aquino Navarro ... Borracho 1
Luis Gonzaga Padilla ... Borracho 2
Leon Rafael ... Fotógrafo Prensa
Penny Redman ... Fotógrafa Prensa
María Antonia Ruíz ... Mujer Volante
Nayeli Tlapa ... Chica Nalgada
Claudia Suárez ... Chica Nalgada
Rafael Moya ... Comandante C
José Gabriel Marín ... Muerto 2
Analí Bravo ... Nina 15 anos
Karla María González ... Nina 15 anos
Esther Galván ... Pollera
Edgar Mencos ... Soldier shoting speakers at church (as Edgar Leonel Mencos)
Amelia Contreras ... Mama Chillón
María De Los Ángeles Osuna ... Mujer Baleada
Enrique Suárez ... Pick-Up Militar
Javier Mercado ... Jeep Militar
Ernesto Mejia ... Jeep Militar
Enrique Carrillo ... Camión Pasajero
Javier Pedraza ... Soldado E

Víctor González ... Soldado F
Pablo Cuevas ... Soldado Americano I
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ignacio Retes ... Don Chico (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Mandoki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luis Mandoki  screenplay
Oscar Orlando Torres  screenplay
Oscar Orlando Torres  story

Produced by
Lawrence Bender .... producer
Federico González Compeán .... executive producer
Francisco González Compeán .... executive producer
Tery Lopez .... co-producer
Mónica Lozano .... executive producer
Luis Mandoki .... producer
Miguel Necoechea .... executive producer
Anna Roth .... executive producer
Alejandro Soberón Kuri .... producer
Oscar Orlando Torres .... co-producer
Original Music by
André Abujamra 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía 
Film Editing by
Aleshka Ferrero (edited by)
Casting by
Carla Hool 
Production Design by
Antonio Muño-Hierro 
Set Decoration by
Sandra Cabriada 
Costume Design by
Gilda Navarro 
Makeup Department
Ingrid Hartowicz-Fuentes .... key makeup artist
Ingrid Hartowicz-Fuentes .... makeup artist: Ms. Varela
David Ruiz Gameros .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Giordo Ganem .... production manager
Carlos Llergo .... unit production manager
Tlacateotl Mata .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renan Bendersky .... second assistant director
Kira Dominguez .... second assistant director
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director
Miguel Necoechea Jr. .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Moises Pineda .... production buyer
Tomas Rodriguez Tovar .... leadman
Sound Department
Jaime Baksht .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Cabrera .... cable person: sound
Fernando Cámara .... sound
Sergio Diaz .... first assistant sound editor
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Ruy García .... adr mixer
Juan Antonio Gomez .... foley mixer
Martín Hernández .... sound designer
Martín Hernández .... supervising sound editor
Jorge Lugo .... sound
Tania López Jensen .... adr coordinator
Alejandro Quevedo .... sound editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound designer
Carlos Zamorano .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Jesus G. Duran .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Luis Blackaller .... opening credit sequence
Gabriel Kerlegand .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Irek Hartowicz .... additional photography
Iwao Kawasaki .... extra assistant camera
Gerardo Manjarrez .... b camera/steadicam operator
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer
Juan Pablo Ojeda .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Dylan Bond .... assistant editor
Luis Carballar .... co-editor
Adriana Martínez .... assistant editor
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor
Carlos Puente .... co-editor
Mariana Rodríguez .... co-editor
Jeanette Russ .... assistant editor
Mario Sandoval .... additional editor
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Renato Lemos .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Rosario Huerta .... transportation assistant
Edmundo Pérez .... production driver
Other crew
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... caterer
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service
Martin Corkidi .... location manager
Maritza Diaz .... publicist
Yuria Goded .... production coordinator
Francisco Payó González .... director: making-of featurette
Vanessa Hernández .... second production coordinator
Rebecca Husain .... personal assistant to director
Carlos Larios .... set production assistant
Edgar Mencos .... military advisor
Gilberto Miñón .... production assistant
Cristina Ramiro Monroy .... personal assistant to director
Armando Patino .... production runner
Julio Quezada Orozco .... production assistant
Adam Schindler .... assistant to producer

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Also Known As:
"Voces inocentes" - Mexico (original title)
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Rated R for disturbing violence and some language
120 min
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The main character's name, Chava, is the diminutive (nickname) for anyone named Salvador, which is also the name of the country the story takes place.See more »
Continuity: The American staff sergeant's rank switches from the correct position (chevrons up) to an incorrect position (chevrons down), back to the correct one when the cameras change in one of the scenes.See more »
[repeated line]
Chava:I'm the man of the house.
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
a Truly Moving Picture, 29 September 2005
Author: tollini from United States

I am a judge for the Indianapolis-based Heartland Film Festival. This feature film is a Crystal Heart Award Winner and is eligible to be the Grand Prize Winner in October of 2005. The Heartland Film Festival is a non-profit that honors Truly Moving Pictures. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life."

The film is set in war-torn El Salvador in the early 1980s. The in-power, repressive, government's army is fighting the peasant guerrilla movement. The residents of a rural poor town have the misfortune to be between the rebels and the army. Their homes in the town become incredibly dangerous, and they are always on the cusp of becoming destitute refugees.

There is no doubt who the bad guys are. The army has dictatorial powers and forcibly recruits boys into the army once they turn 12 years old. They also rape girls, execute anyone they are suspicious of regardless of age and sex, and harass the Catholic Church and its priest.

This story is told via a poor family consisting of a Mother, a 11-year old son (Chava), and a younger brother and older sister. They live in squalor and danger. The main character is Chava, and we see the plight of all the residents through his eyes as he is able to move around the town more easily as a child. He is also a typical boy in an atypical environment. He is foolhardy, fun-loving, brave, adventurous, and curious. He is determined to live his 11-year old life as normal as possible no matter what. And he does a good job of it – for a while.

The Mother is heroic and courageous. She sacrifices everything for her children always trying to protect them and love them under the most gruesome circumstances.

It is hard not to be moved and sickened as you watch the story of the family and town unfold. The movie has a strong anti-United States bias because of the U.S. support for the army and the in-power regime.

The cinematography, art direction, and directing are excellent. And the boy, Chava, is amazingly believable and unaffected by the camera.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Crystal Heart winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.

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