Sunday, August 31, 2008

Children Underground

Easily one of the most astonishing and engaging cinematic works of the past decade, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND is a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama -- an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 2001, and winner at nearly every major documentary film festival across the country.




In a style that is altogether shocking, brutal, and deeply humanistic, filmmaker Edet Belzberg transports us to the streets of Bucharest, Romania, where we are introduced to a "family" of five homeless children begging on the streets and living in subway tunnels, drug addicted, and painfully unaware of the cruel horrors of their soul-crushing existence.

As the children's story unfolds, the windows to their individual lives open up, revealing a harrowing day-to-day struggle for survival--from ten-year-old Ana, unfailingly maternal towards her younger brother Marian despite daily beatings from shopkeepers and other street-children, to Mihai, and unusually intelligent and motivated twelve-year-old who slashes at his arms and dreams of a better life.


PLAY INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Click on the play icon on screen...a pop-up will open for poker...close this and get rid of it.
  2. Click on the play button at the bottom of the player and film will start to play.
  3. ...enjoy!!!






In CHILDREN UNDERGROUND, the images captured by Belzberg's unflinching lens are so powerful and captivating that the camera quickly vanishes from the viewer's mind. What is left behind is a devastating portrait of human anguish and suvffering more riveting and absorbing than anything ever before captured on screen.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

video wont play

Scott said...

I just tried the link and it works. Megavideo is a little finicky sometime...refreshing the page your browser often helps.

Dont forget to follow the instructions. I have no affilation with Megavideo and make nothing from their advertising. For this reason, I encourage you to simply close the pop-up after it opens and enjoy the film.

Cheers,

Scott

jessie said...

hey it's not working again. it says that the video is temprarily not working. i went to megavideo.com but i couldn't find it there. has it been removed, or is it still just finicky? i think it's been like this for at least 2 days

Anonymous said...

for me there's no popup, it just says the video is temporarily unavailable, and please try again later. the video hasn't been removed, has it? cuz a lot of times it says a message like that when it has. i went to megavideo.com and it wasn't there

Scott said...

It looks like there may be a problem with this one...sorry all.

I will attempt to find another link soon.

jessie said...

awesome it works now! so i guess it was just the finicky problem =P
anyway i just saw the whole thing - and omggggg it is such a sad documentary. you live yourself sooooo much into this thing, at least i did. i feel so bad for all these poor kids! they're simply not loved, and as if that's not enough, they have to pay for it too! i could comment forever on every little sad detail of this movie but basically i'll just sum it up saying that it is a really powerful and depressing film and that i appreciate everything i have so much right now and it just breaks my heart how these kids so have NOTHING, and are so lacking of any meaning in their existences. ='( ='( but ***** nonetheless for it's brutal honesty

Anonymous said...

wow. I had not cried in over 5 years and this movie made me cry.

wow.