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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. Children Underground...
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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. Children Underground is a documentary that explores this ongoing tragedy, offering a view of the larger problem and taking a closer look at the lives of five children living on the streets of Bucharest. Sixteen-year-old Cristina survived physical torture and a stay in a mental institution before escaping to Bucharest's Victory Plaza, where she's the hard-bitten leader of a gang of young hoodlums. Fourteen-year-old Macarena is a lost soul who gets through her days by sniffing paint fumes. Twelve-year-old Mihai comes from a home so fearsome he has opted to be homeless rather than stay with his abusive father, who once chained him to a radiator so he would not run away. Ten-year-old Ana is often beaten by older children, and like Macarena, blots out her misery by sniffing paint; she tries to protect her eight-year-old brother, Marian, who already bears the emotional scars of his violent and chaotic childhood. The first feature from documentarian Edet Belzberg, Children Underground received an enthusiastic reception and many positive reviews after its screenings at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

"Where Are They Now" updates; Filmmaker and additional crew biographies; Filmmaker statement; Resource guide to organizations and charities; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • UPC: 767685950838
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: New Video Group
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Edet Belzberg Director, Producer, Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Ellinwood Sound Editor
Wolfgang Held Cinematographer
Jonathan Oppenheim Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Another Day [8:32]
2. The Kids Get High [10:09]
3. The Night Shift [10:00]
4. Go Away From Here [7:52]
5. Children at Work [6:20]
6. Casa Saint Ioan [10:58]
7. The Open House [7:14]
8. Mihai's Family [5:07]
9. A Father's Frustration [8:26]
10. A Very Different Path [5:08]
11. Ana and Marian Go Home [13:45]
12. One Year Later [14:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Filmmaker Statement
      "Where Are They Now" Updates
         Cristina
         Macarena
         Mihai
         Marian
         Ana
      Crew Biographies
         Edet Belzberg
         Jonathan Oppenheim
         Wolfgang Held
         Sheilah Kitt McKinnon
         Michel Negroponte
         Alan Oxman
      Resource Links
      About Docurama
      Catalog/Trailers
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         Moon Over Broadway
         Pie in the Sky
         Roots of Rhythm
         Original Cast Album: Company
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         Sound and Fury
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         The Awful Truth: The Second Season
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      Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    disturbing

    an unforgettable and daring documentary. one cannot truly understand how raw life can be in this 'almost' third world country. i found myself laughing at the childish actions and ignorant outlook of its subjects while at the same time crying for them.

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