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The Children of Leningradsky (2005)

AIDS, drug abuse, police brutality, and other social ills in post-Soviet Russia.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain an estimated four million children have found themselves living on the streets in the former countries of the Soviet Union. In the streets of Moscow alone there are over 30,000 surviving in this manner at the present time. The makers of the documentary film concentrated on a community of homeless children living hand to mouth in the Moscow train station Leningradsky. Eight-year-old Sasha, eleven-year-old Kristina, thirteen-year-old Misha and ten-year-old Andrej all dream of living in a communal home. They spend winter nights trying to stay warm by huddling together on hot water pipes and most of their days are spent begging. Andrej has found himself here because of disagreements with his family. Kristina was driven into this way of life by the hatred of her stepmother and twelve-year-old Roma by the regular beatings he received from his constantly drunk father. "When it is worst, we try to make money for food by prostitution," admits ... Written by Hanna Polak

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HBO [United States]

Country:

Poland

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A leningrádi pályaudvar gyermekei See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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An incredible movie
19 February 2006 | by Shahzad-TiwanaSee all my reviews

Well I have just finished watching this movie and cant hold my tears. It has shown the plight of the the most vulnerable victims of the post soviet union. These are the children forgotten by their families and the world. They are struggling to survive in the harsh realities of life. They are looked upon everyday but forgotten in the next moment. The most tragic part of the movie was when the beautiful little girl dies. I must strongly recommend this movie to watch. It is hard to watch but we cannot shy away from the realities. The best we can do is to donate as much as we can to the Russian homeless children, the links are in the end of the movie and in website. Lets make a difference in someones life.


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