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For Immediate Release

January 1, 2017

AVSI-USA Communications and Outreach Manager, Roberta Alves

AVSI-USA presents two debut screening of The Awakened heart in DC

Washington DC | In January, AVSI-USA will be presenting two debut screenings of an award-winning documentary about Crecemos, an education and nutrition center in Oaxaca, Mexico, a long-term partner of the international NGO.

The Awakened Heart first screening will take place in New York on January 14, 2017, as part of the New York Encounter, and in Washington DC, on January 25, 2017, at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Executive Director of Crecemos, Maria del Socorro del Rio.

Co-directed by Giovanni Morricone and Simonetta D’Italia, the short documentary The Awakened Heart was shot entirely over three and a half days in November 2015, in the slums of Oaxaca. Crecemos is located in the most dangerous neighborhood of Oaxaca City.

“With this movie, our main purpose is to present an eyewitness account of the life in an extraordinary place, Crecemos, where a dedicated team of employees and volunteers works daily to make a difference in the lives of children and vulnerable young people,” says Simonetta D’Italia.

 The Awakened Heart brings viewers into the home of Carlos Avedaño Salas, a 10-year boy and his family whose lives have been transformed through the dedicated service and accompaniment provided by Crecemos staff over the past few years. 

“With his heart awakened and his body, mind and soul nourished by his family and the caring Crecemos staff, Carlos has a great chance of making it,” hopes Simonetta.

The documentary has already been accepted in various film festivals and has recently received an Honorable Mention from the 2016 Festigious International Film Festival.

WHERE: New York Encounter, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St., NYC
WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017 @8:00PM

WHERE: Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009
WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @6:45PM