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Children Undergound

Cristina Ionescu , Mihai Alexandre Tudose , Edet Belzberg    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take this journey... harrow your soul. March 6 2004
Format:DVD
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. Iï¿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 naïve 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? Perhapsï¿ 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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4.0 out of 5 stars CHILLING... Sept. 2 2003
Format:DVD
CHILDREN UNDERGROUND follows a group of children living one subway station in Bucharest, Romania. These unwanted children exist as a result of Ceaucescuï¿s strict policy of outlaying abortions and birth control. Most grew up in orphanages while others lived with their families in dire poverty. They believe that their lives are better underground. This documentary films the daily exploits of these children along with the struggles they encounter to rehabilitate themselves. In order to attend school they must come clean and stop sniffing paint. In addition, they must have their identity papers, which are almost impossible for most of them. The most enduring parts of this film center on the interviews of the various family members of these children. Truly heartbreaking is the family of the small boy who doesnï¿t understand why their youngest child wonï¿t return home. Watching this film will certainly make you appreciate the material things often taken for granted.
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By K. Corn
Format:VHS Tape
... After Nicolei Ceaucescu, former Romanian dictator, outlawed the use of contraceptives as well as abortions, many impoverished families in Romania became even more desperate. As their families grew, they were forced to leave many of their children in orphanages or...even worse..push them out into the streets and the "underground" (the sewers)of Romania.
I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen as I watched the five children portrayed here, children getting by as no children should be forced to survive - often resorting to violence, drugs and prostitution.
This first feature film from documentarian Edet Belzberg was warmly received at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. I hope it will motivate other families to think of adopting from Romania - or, at the very least, to contributing to the many organizations which are trying to help these children.
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