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Children Undergound

Cristina Ionescu , Mihai Alexandre Tudose , Edet Belzberg    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Romanian cities teem with children living on the streets, since dictator Ceausescu -
hoping to increase the work force - outlawed both birth control and abortion.

More than any other film I have seen, this captures the heartbreak and hopelessness
of street kids and their lives. The 5 kids we follow scratch out an existence living
together in a subway station.

It is initially hard to comprehend, as some of these kids theoretically have homes
to return to. But when we see the nightmare reality of those homes, we start to
understand that there are tiny children, some as young as 8, trapped between a
rock and a hard place.

A true horror film, but, like documentaries on the holocaust, one that has an
important reason to exist. To move people to action, and to make sure this kind
of institutionalized neglect - a problem in many nations - is brought to to an end
as soon as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take this journey... harrow your soul. March 6 2004
Having just seen the DVD of Children Underground I must say strongly that this film should be seen by everyone in the postmodern first world. I saw these things for myself in Romania during December of 2000. The apathy on the streets of Bucharest was deep and dark. My friends there kept shrugging their shoulders saying; "What can you do?" A documentary on the thousands of dogs on the streets would be a riveting nightmare in itself. While I was there they held an election. The choice of presidential candidates was reduced to a hard-line old school communist and a new school fascist. The Communist won. People shrugged. The train stations and subway entrances were indeed hives for feral children. I´¿m deeply grateful to Edet Belzberg for having the courage to descend into this manmade hell to bring these images back. It is my hope that the Romanians themselves find some of that same courage. I was moved that even at this stage of hell several of the kids held on to at least some idea of God. That could be seen by the cynically ironic of the West as the superstition of the hopeless, but perhaps it is also evidence that these children are not hopeless. To blame these problems on the lack of abortions or contraceptives is na├»ve and simplistic. Listen to the voices of the parents in this film. It is the apathy, the failure of courage and the utter selfishness reinforced by too many years of soul crushing communist dictatorship. We, ourselves, have no reason to gloat. Apart from having a surfeit of material possessions would we fare any better if the props were kicked from beneath us? Perhaps´¿ perhaps not. This film, along with Lilja 4-Ever, is a warning sign of something growing in this world. Robert L. Kaplan termed it The Coming Anarchy. It will spread. Meanwhile how will you respond to these things? With compassion or with apathy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nausiating Sept. 30 2003
I have never seen anything like what is contained in this documentary. I am forever changed. I bought the DVD to be enlightened about "whatever it was" the film was about; I never thought it would have affected me the way it did. It can not be stated enough how imperative it is that people see this film.
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