Children Underground (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 2001.  Belzberg Films.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Edet Belzberg.  Music by .  Film Editing by Wolfgang Held.  

Heart-stopping documentary that details a very serious problem in Romania: children who have no families and live off their wits in utter poverty on the streets. Many of these children are homeless because of state-run orphanages closing with the country’s switching to a capitalist economy, while others are runaways who prefer the street life over the poverty of their homes or have been abused. Filmmaker Edet Belzberg concentrates on five of these children and follows them in their day to day lives, living in subways, fighting over turf and getting high on spray paint fumes. The lack of services available for these kids is alarming, while the personal responsibility they’re held to by their parents (those that have them) is also quite distressing. Belzberg’s direction is fantastic, the film holds your interest without flagging for a second.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Documentary Feature

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