Magazine article New Internationalist

[Children Underground]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Children Underground]

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directed by Edet Belzberg

Belzberg's impressive documentary, her first film, is both candid and sympathetic. her intimate but unintrusive camera follows 5 of the 20,000 abandoned and runaway children living rough in Bucharest. The kids hustle from day to day for food, a warm sleeping place, water to drink and to wash their hands and faces, and to defend their patch in the subways at Piata Victoriei station. Belzberg has their confidence and at times it's harrowing to watch. Mihai, a reflective 12-year-old, raging, rips his arms with glass. Willowy Macarena, 14, sniffing paint, face smeared silver, tries to explain her addiction: 'It's like paradise,' she says, 'you dream you eat.'

Mihai yearns to be with his mother and sister but won't stay with a father who chains him by the neck and beats him. The mother of the two youngest children -- Marian, eight, and Ana, ten -- can't feed them by herself but her new partner doesn't want them and abuses them. …

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