Children Underground


Director: Edet Belzberg. Producers: Edet Belzberg, Sheilah Kitt McKinnon, Michel Negroponte and Alan Oxman. Editor: Jonathan Oppenheim.



Awards and Festivals

Oscar Nominee, Sundance Film Festival (Winner, Special Jury Prize)


This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the tragic policy decision by Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu to outlaw contraceptives and encourage his impoverished populace to have more children. Thousands of children were born to broken or dysfunctional families in a nation mired in political and economic instability, resulting in a large and rapidly growing population of homeless children (more than 20,000 estimated) in the city of Bucharest.


“Easily one of the most astonishing and engaging cinematic works of the past decade…”

“An unflinching look at an ongoing tragedy”
LA Weekly

– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“…positively disturbing…”

“These stories need to be told…”
– Mike Pinsky, DVD Verdict

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