Based on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood in 1980's El Salvador, Innocent Voices is the poignant tale of Chava, an eleven-year-old boy. Chava suddenly becomes the "man of the house" in a ti... more »me when the government's army is forcibly recruiting twelve year olds to battle against the peasant rebels of the FMLN. It is a story of life, love, the hope of peace, and the ennobling power of the human spirit.« less
"I was born here in the U.S. and all my life I grew up listening to stories about war and so on. I never imagined the atrocities my parents and grandparents had to go through. This movie brought me to tears as my dad remembers hiding down the well, so the guerilla warriors wouldnt find him. My mothers tells of not sleeping because she was afraid the guerilla or guardia civil (u.s. backed military) would break in and rape all her 5 sisters, mother and grandmother. I couldnt visualize in my mind how bad it was until I saw this movie. I recommend it to those who have salvadorean roots or just to the general public. It is important to see the atrocities the U.S. government did and still to this day does in other countries."
A must see
Milton Lopez | Winnetka, California United States | 12/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is based on a true story, sometimes movies are made like this one, and is it part of our own life....many of us (Salvadorean kids)had to experience this. Under age Salvadorean kids are forced to join the army; so they have to hide from the soldiers, in this case a kid have to be the man of the house after his father leaves the family and moves to the USA to help his family, he is told that the army is trained by the US forces and his uncle is a "guerrillero" the movie is about his survival in a small town where the daily attacks by the army takes place."
Best Film of 2005 - Another "Shindler's List"
Dan Lauber | USA | 02/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Innocent Voices" is one of those films that simply blows you away with its incredibly moving story, great acting, directing, and cinematography. I had the privilege of seeing this film at Talk Cinema, where you see films in theaters on Saturday or Sunday morning weeks or months before they are released -- so there are no reviews to hinder your pure enjoyment of the film. We walk into the movie theater with no idea what we're going to see that morning. The 400 film fans in the theater that sunny September 2005 morning had no idea what to expect from this "Innocent Voices" film which, sadly, got virtually no theatrical distribution in Chicagoland.
I'll not repeat the summary of the film that others have posted here. It's the film's impact that reflects so well on the power of this medium.
After the closing credits ran, there was total silence in the auditorium, broken only by the soft sound of sobbing all around. And then you realized you were among those in tears. I haven't seen such a reaction to a film since "Shindler's List." It is hard to describe the emotional impact of this often funny, but ultimately very moving semi-autobiographical film. It's a shame you can't see in the theaters any more, but I strongly recommend seeing "Innocent Voices" on DVD with a loved one with whom you can share a healthy cry at the end. You will be changed.
Modern child sacrifice
Daniel B. Clendenin | www.journeywithjesus.net | 11/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""We here are all scared of turning twelve," explains Chava, "because that's when the army takes you. I have one year left." Innocent Voices takes place in El Salvador's civil war that raged from 1980-1992, but it could have been set in any of the dozens of countries around the world where governments and "liberation" armies recruit child soldiers. In El Salvador, the authoritarian government, with a billion dollars of aid and training from the United States ("They're training our soldiers to kill us."), forcibly conscripted young boys to fight its civil war against the FMLN. Since his father left for the US, eleven-year-old Chava is the "man of the house." The film revolves around the plight of his extended family. Chava follows his Uncle Beto and sides with the rebels, but his mother Kella observes that they, too, conscript their kids. Innocent Voices reinforces the truth that in all modern wars, the biggest losers by far are innocent civilians. Co-writer Oscar Orlando Torres based this award-winning film on his own memoirs. In Spanish, with English sub-titles."
From the deepest of my heart
Hector Alfaro | CA, USA | 12/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First at all let me tell you that unfortunately this horror is not fiction I am living proof that can assure you this is real, and trust me when i says this this movie portrait just the half of what i live. The first time that I saw this movie I could not stop crying. I felt like it was me going again the way I try every day to forget. I noticed that this writer takes sides. He portrait the salvadorean army as the enemy. Well that was good for him because I did not had any side. I just was waiting who, the army or guerrilla, would be the first to kill me. I recommend this movie for everyone who like crying, and for someone who ever live a war. but, please before watching it see the rating. Once you have seen it you'll never forget it."