NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Inocente" at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Inocente" is a personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist's fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings, according to information at

At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. "Inocente" is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America - children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, "Inocente" will immerse the viewer in the real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war rarely seen, the website says.

Sean Fine and Andrea Nix direct the 40-minute documentary, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary 2013.

Also shown that night will be "Hola," a short film by SFA filmmaking graduate student James McMahen about how the language of love transcends all barriers and limitations. McMahen is currently working on his thesis documentary, entitled "Duality," about female art nude models who are also creators of art involving the female form.

These screenings are part of the School of Art's monthly First Friday Film Series and are sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, The Liberty Bell, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.