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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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Release Date:
28 January 2005 (Mexico) See more »
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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 Andreé ... Antonio

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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Did You Know?

Based on a true story.See more »
Continuity: The candles on Chava's birthday cake form an arc of 270 degrees (3/4 of a circle) in a close up and then they are shown placed in a complete circle in subsequent wide shots.See more »
Uncle Beto:Do you have a girlfriend?
Chava:Just one.
Uncle Beto:[laughing] Just one.
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Cumbia Del BrinquitoSee more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding! Signs of a major development in New Mexican Cinema, 3 June 2005

I just saw this film at the Seattle International Film Festival premiere and I enjoyed it immensely. I was a little apprehensious as I am a big fan of Oliver Stone's Salvador and I didn't think there was much more to say on the topic. But I must say that Voces Innocentes managed to bring something new to the table thru the innovative idea of telling the story thru the eyes of children. Adding to its poignancy is the fact that it's all based on the true life story of Oscar Orlando Torres, called by his nickname Chava in the film. Torres was present at the screening tonight and few who stayed to listen to him were not moved by his words and life experience. First time actor Carlos Padilla portrays Chava in the film, and his outstanding performance is a credit as much to director Luis Mandoki as it is to himself. The gorgeous Leonor "Cleopatra" Varela also shows she is much more than a pretty face, putting in a very moving performance as Chava's mother. The rest of the cast is also routinely superb, including Spaniard Daniel Giménez Cacho as the priest and Jesus Ochoa (uncredited on IMDb) as the bus driver. Voces Inocentes was filmed in Jalapa, Mexico and produced by the Mexican company Altavista Films (Amorres Perros, Todo el Poder, Nicotina). The cinematography and editing are world class, and the magnificent score really puts the film over the top. Torres told us that the main theme (played on the guitar by his uncle and in the closing credits) was his inspiration for writing the screenplay and it's not hard to see how he was moved by it.

According to Torres, the film will receive a wider US release in September '05 and the DVD release will follow sometime after that.

A final note: despite complaints to the contrary I don't think that the film necessarily took a strong side in the conflict. The government troops definitely weren't portrayed well but the acts of the rebels were neither so glorious. As Torres told us, this film wasn't so much a political statement as "the real life memories of a child". Highly recommended.

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