Sat, April 13th, 2024 @ 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Benefit Premiere of Ileana’s Smile

North Idaho Film Festival

Date and Time


Sat, April 13th, 2024 @ 6:30pm to 9:00pm



418 E Lakeside Ave. Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

Love Light + Melody (, founded by rocker Brad Corrigan of Dispatch in 2008, offers a unique window into life in the La Chureca trash dump in Managua, Nicaragua, following a remarkable young girl through the harsh realities of life on the margins in Ileana’s Smile. The film is directed and produced by Brad Corrigan.

Ileana’s Smile explores daily life within a trash dump community, diving into the family life of a single mother with four daughters making a living scavenging for recyclables and food in the burning piles of trash where they’ve made their home. Ileana, the second daughter, is full of life, laughter, mischief, and curiosity. Corrigan met Ileana in 2007, and in their first interaction, she pedals up to his taxi as he visits the dump, inviting the unsuspecting visitors out of their air-conditioned car into the heart of La Chureca. Her smile is infectious, and this small interaction ignites a heart-breaking journey and collision of culture, altering the fate of many.

Corrigan narrates his own journey, intersecting with Ileana’s, over several years as he is drawn deeper into the trash dump community. He charts the evolution of his understanding, relationships, and ultimately, his altruism in step with the tragic events unfolding around him in the toxic landscape of La Chureca. Once a bright light within the darkness of the dump, Ileana and her sister Mercedes fall prey to the many abuses that plague the community living within its 3 square-kilometer border, leading to their sudden deaths as teenagers. Corrigan and a host of others try to rescue Ileana from addiction but fail to change her course.