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5 October 2003 (Australia) See more »
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A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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deeply disturbing but fascinating See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Cristina Ionescu ... Herself
Mihai Alexandre Tudose ... Himself
Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu ... Herself
Ana Turturica ... Herself
Marian Turturica ... Himself
Alexandru Beschina ... Himself
Florin Ionut Calciu ... Himself
Adrian Chiru ... Himself
Romulus Cristescu ... Himself
Ilie Fonfonile ... Himself
Doru Grigore ... Herself
Anca Hotnog ... Herself
Claudia Luca ... Herself
Angela Preda ... Herself
Adrian Susanu ... Himself
Cristina Tancau ... Herself
Angela Taureci ... Herself
Liliana Turturica ... Herself
Ionut Tutea ... Himself (as Father Ionut Tutea)
Costel ... Himself

Directed by
Edet Belzberg 
 
Produced by
Edet Belzberg .... producer
Michel Negroponte .... co-executive producer
Mona Nicoara .... associate producer
Jonathan Oppenheim .... co-producer
Alan Oxman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Joel Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Held 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Oppenheim 
 
Sound Department
Edet Belzberg .... sound
David Ellinwood .... sound editor
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Editorial Department
Scot Olive .... colorist
 

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
deeply disturbing but fascinating, 13 February 2002

I was curious to see this film having spent time in Bucharest several years ago. I never ventured onto the subway but did have occasion to go into the underground....which is necessary in many European cities since the streets are often quite wide and difficult to cross. This is particularly true in Bucharest where everything that the former dictator built-- the buildings, the roads, etc. all appear to be on steroids. Add to this the fact that so many of the nominated documentaries (and foreign films) are never properly distributed here --even in NYC..In any event, this is a very disturbing film; at times difficult to watch and as I recall the film makers received considerable criticism on their decision not to "interfere" with what was taking place --to allow the physical and mental abuse of the children by the older "leaders of the pack" and by the parents who also appear in the film as well as the lethal consumption of lead paint taken by the children to get them high and that clearly was contributing to their deteriation. It was stark, disturbing, very difficult to watch but incredible filmmaking , nonetheless.

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