Children Underground (2001)
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Almost unbearably sad.
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.
A heartrending act of courage in the guise of a documentary film.
A singularly depressing film.
Audience Reviews for Children Underground
An estimated 20,000 children are living homeless in Bucharest due in part to the illegalization of contraceptives and abortions. These are a few of their unbelievable stories.
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.
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?
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