Children Underground (2001)



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When Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu outlawed the use of contraceptives and encouraged his subjects to have more children in a bid to increase his nation's population, his campaign had a terrible and dangerous side effect -- thousands of children were born to broken or dysfunctional families in a nation mired in political and economic instability, resulting in a large and rapidly growing population of homeless children in the city of Bucharest, with their numbers estimated at over 20,000. … More

Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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On DVD: Feb 28, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Children Underground

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

Almost unbearably sad.

Full Review… | June 16, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Heartbreaking, urgent, unsentimental and unflinching.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Toronto Star
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Edet Belzberg's fearless aesthetic is also a measure of her film's brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion.

Full Review… | September 24, 2001
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A heartrending act of courage in the guise of a documentary film.

Full Review… | September 19, 2001
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A singularly depressing film.

Full Review… | September 19, 2001
New York Times
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A powerful piece of filmmaking.

September 19, 2001
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Children Underground


Tremendously depressing story about young kids in Bucharest who spend their lives engaged in violence with one another and getting high on homemade goop. See it when you need to be saddened.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Remembering reading about the horror of the Romanian orphanages a while ago, it's heartbreaking to see that life didn't get any better for these kids. If the point of making this documentary was to help these kids in some way, how could the crew stand by and watch these kids hurt themselves and each other? I'm also curious to find out if this benefitted them in any way. Some were fortunate enough to get off the streets, while others were still wandering around helplessly. It's a well done documentary, but where's the line between being a documentary and exploitation of a situation?

nefnie lee

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Wow. This is a spectacular doc. The footage shown is phenomenal and unbelievable. You have to see it to believe it.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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