Lawrence Bender was born on 17th of October in 1957 in Bronx, New York. He was born to two parents where his father was a college professor while his mother was a kindergarten teacher. Lawrence Bender did his high school education in Cherry Hill High School East. He graduated and joined the University of Maine. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. After Lawrence Bender graduated, he started dancing. However, his dancing career was cut short because of an injury. Today Lawrence Bender is a celebrated movie producer in the industry of entertainment. He has over 20 years’ experience in the movie production industry.
Lawrence Bender has played a significant role in the filming and production of the movie ‘Innocent Voices’. The film is set in El Salvador. A young boy aged 11 years who goes by the name Chava is left by his dad at home. Coincidentally a civil war breaks out. It was dangerous at this time for the boy because when he turned 12, he was forcefully going to be recruited into the government army.
Innocent voice sets in when young Chava knows absolutely nothing about war. He only supports his uncle who is in the guerrilla just like he would support a football team. He is in great fear that the government would take him into the army. Young boys are forced to carry machine guns and fire them because it sounds fun. In the town where Chava and his family resides, it would be rare for a night to pass without the sound of gunshots and bullets raining through the windows.
The nights were always traumatic. Young boys couldn’t even go to school as it was a hub where the army frequently strolled looking for boys aged 12 years and above and force them into the military. The boys are then rounded up and forced into trucks and are separated from their friends and families. The movie begins as little Chava is forced to march in the jungle in the heavily pouring rain by the armed Salvadoran army. Mandoki promises to tackle the problem of children being turned into soldiers. However, the promise goes unfulfilled.