She'd Like to Thank the Academy

The 85th Annual Academy Awards were held February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.   The ceremony was televised worldwide in more than 225 countries.  Inocente, a film executive produced by Kean’s own Dr. Susan MacLaury, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

MacLaury, a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health at Kean University, appreciates the opportunity to combine her love for teaching with the power of documentary film. "I believe strongly in the power of film to educate, both in and out of the classroom, and to promote genuine social change," she said. 

Inocente is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be deferred by the harsh realities her life as an undocumented immigrant. Irreverent, flawed and funny, the films irrepressible heroine channels her vivid personality into her art. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that her circumstances cannot define her—her dreams do.

The film was directed by Sean and Andrea Nix Fine, and produced by MacLaury and her husband, Albie Hecht, of Shine Global, Inc. Shine Global is a non-profit film production company dedicated to ending the exploitation and abuse of children worldwide through the production of films that raise social awareness. MacLaury and Hecht were previously nominated by the Academy in 2008 for their film WAR/DANCE.