Screenwriter speaking about his life in El Salvador's civil war

Oscar Torres movie, 'Voces Inocentes,' recounts issues surrounding child soldiers | March 26, 2007

Oscar Torres, screenwriter of the movie “Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices)”, is speaking aon Wednesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium. There is a viewing of the film followed by a lecture by Torres and a question and answer session.

“Voces Inocentes” portrays the writer’s life during the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s and the issues surrounding child soldiers. It recounts the story of a young boy who has a 12th birthday coming up. At age 12, he is eligible to be a child solider. The boy and his mother fight to keep him out of the war.

“When I first saw the movie “Voces Inocentes” in El Salvador during my academic service learning semester, I was very moved by the story of the country’s civil war told through the perspective of a child,” says Kari Huske, the chair of the event. “Although the subject of children being recruited into armies is not a serious threat in the United States, currently around 300,000 children are being recruited to fight in conflicts around the world. We are bringing this event to campus to build awareness about these issues and the testimony by Oscar Torres will add a personal face to the struggle that many children are facing globally.”

For more information contact Kari Huske at 513-745-3534.