Innocent Voices

[ Innocent Voices ]

Got nothing much to do during the Deepavali holiday, then I caught this movie on ASTRO. Can't really move my eyes from it actually, a very sad, yet real story. Couldn't believe there are actually happened somewhere at the other side of the earth.

Have you ever think of, why there is war?
Is it Power? Fame? Money? Or what?
A kid of not elder than 12 years old, are forced to pick up the guns to kill, or rather to get killed.

Heard of a sentence before, which says, "To accomplish a mission, there will always be sacrifices". Such sacrifices, is it worth, at all? We are talking about life here. A human life? Is it really doesn't matter at all?

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Synopsis (from Innovent Voices Official Website):

More than 300,000 children presently serve in armies in over 40 countries.

Based on the true story of screenwriter Oscar Torres's embattled childhood, Luis Mandoki's Innocent Voices is the poignant tale of Chava (Carlos Padilla), an eleven-year-old boy who suddenly becomes the "man of the house" after his father abandons the family in the middle of a civil war.

In El Salvador in the 1980s, the government's armed forces are already recruiting twelve year olds, rousting them out of their classes at the local middle school. If he is lucky, Chava has just one year of innocence left, one year before he, too, will be conscripted to fight the government's battle against the peasant rebels of the FMLN. Chava's life becomes a game of survival, not only from the bullets of the escalating war, but also from the dispiriting effects of daily violence. As he hustles to find work to help his single mother pay the bills, and experiences the pangs of first love for a beautiful classmate, Chava's tiny home village becomes both playground and battlefield.

Armed only with the love of his mother (Leonor Varela) and a small radio that broadcasts a forbidden anthem of love and peace, and faced with the impossible choice of joining either the army or the rebels, Chava finds the courage to keep his heart open, and his spirit alive, in his race against time.