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Children Underground

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Release Date:January 19, 2001
Running time:103 minutes
Director:Edet Belzberg
Producer:Sheilah Kitt McKinnon, Michel Negroponte

Description: This modern tale ventures below the streets of Bucharest, Romania, to introduce us to five members of a "family" of orphaned, abandoned, or runaway children living in the Piata Victoriei subway station. With ages ranging from nine to mid-teens, the children beg and steal to buy food and Aurolac, which they sniff to get high. The intimate, cinema verite style allows the children to speak for themselves with striking naturalness, revealing both the horrific conditions of their existence and their uninhibited, distinctive personalities. Cristina uses her rough boyish look to enforce her position as ringleader of the group. Mihai, the most reflective, regrets having left his mother and sister to the whims of his violent father and dreams of a conventional life and family. Ana fled terrible poverty and assumes a motherly role toward Marian, her young brother. Finally, Macarena has lost nearly all sense of herself after four mind-numbing years of homelessness.

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