Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

‘Children Underground’ — Auntie Underground

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 5th November / 7pm–9pm

Children Underground (2001) is a documentary film directed by Edet Belzberg.

Homeless children are the casualties of Romania’s recent history. In an effort to increase the nation’s work force, former communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu outlawed contraception and abortion in 1966. Thousands of unwanted children were placed in state orphanages, where they faced terrible conditions. With the fall of Communism, many children moved onto the streets. Some were from the orphanages. Others were runways from impoverished families. Today there are 20,000 children living on the streets. The resources for sheltering these homeless youths are severely limited.