The legacy of a man who lived as a fool and died as a friend.


Italo Castro was a professional clown who became a father figure to countless street youth in Guatemala City. After his tragic death, professional entertainers rally around street youth to honor their fallen hero in a theatrical production on a distinguished stage. The odds are stacked against this dysfunctional troupe, but they’re determined. Perhaps they’re fools for believing it can be done. Or perhaps … Becoming Fools is exactly what they needed … because the journey of a fool leads to the heart of a child.

Film Info

FORM: Documentary, Feature
GENRE: Drama, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino
RUNNING TIME: 80 Minutes
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish

Make a difference through I Am Art.

With your help, we can prevent at-risk youth from having to flee to the streets. We hope that Becoming Fools moves you … and inspires you to help us empower at-risk youth through our I Am Art creative arts initiative.

Our I AM ART initiative enriches the lives of at-risk children by using creative arts to show them the power of their true potential. With I AM ART, our goal is to help each child find the art within so they can change the way they view the world around them. This changes their course. This changes their community. This changes EVERYTHING.

Art has the power to change lives. Art can relieve stress, build self-esteem, give career skills, be a therapy tool for healing, develop relationships and allow the artist to have a voice. Athentikos raises funds, organizes projects, develops curriculum and provides spiritual oversight to many art programs: overnight art camps, art workshops, theatrical performances, teaching training, mentorship and documentary film production.

Impact in Guatemala

Joel Van Dyke, Athentikos board member and Director of CTM in Guatemala Athentikos has been working hard for the last several years on a documentary called Becoming Fools that focuses on at-risk and homeless youth. Even before the completion of the film, Becoming Fools impacted Guatemalan mission, by reenergizing the Foro, a Guatemalan network of 20 ministries that had been dormant for years. Since the film project was started, the Foro now meets monthly and has an annual national consultation focused on youth living in the streets. A Guatemalan steering committee comprised of ten organizations responding to the issue, and media professionals is developing a national campaign to leverage the film to inspire volunteer recruitment for a mentoring network for over 15,000 high-risk Guatemala youth. The campaign will kick off with a special event and screening on April 12th( International Day of Street Youth). Athentikos has been a huge blessing to the Center for Transforming Mission and our work in leadership development, spiritual formation and organizational capacity building with grassroots leaders throughout Guatemala City. Athentikos has amplified the muted or ignored voices of grassroots leaders serving the least, last and lost of their respective communities. Collaboration with Athentikos as an instrumental partner in Guatemala is a key strategy in moving our work towards the development of a Local Leadership Foundation in Guatemala that effectively seeks the social and spiritual transformation of our City and nation.
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