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Children Underground

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Children Underground
(Edet Belzberg, 2001)

Children Underground
Introduced by the director Edet Belzberg, 2001
Fri, Nov 16, 2001 7 PM

Debuting earlier this year at Sundance, where it won the Special Jury Prize, Edet Belzberg's heartbreaking documentary Children Underground reveals the bleak day-to-day existence of five homeless children living in the subways of Bucharest, Romania.

"Gripping and heartbreaking. A brilliant indictment of any society that can allow its most vulnerable to slip into oblivion."--Robert Koehler, Variety

Told through the eyes and words of these five forgotten children as they struggle against hunger, drug abuse, and violence, Children Underground (105 mins.) is both tough-minded and emotionally harrowing. It also draws attention to one of the calamities afflicting Romania in the wake of deposed dictator CeausescuÌs disastrous fertility campaign: thousands of unwanted children robbed of nurturing family environments. The New York-based Belzberg comes to the Wexner Center to introduce Children Underground and to discuss how she came to develop such extraordinary trust with the children her film depicts.