STOP EVIL AGAINST ABANDONED CHILDERN OF BULGARY

Director Kate Blewett visits a children's care home in Bulgaria and investigates the conditions in which the children live. The Social Care Home - where 75 unwanted children are growing up - is the main employer in the small village of Mogilino. Few of the children can talk, not necessarily because they are unable but rather because no one has ever taught them how. Kate meets the children in this tragic, silent world, such as Milan, the gentle giant who spends his days doing chores and watching over the others, and mildly autistic 18-year-old Didi, who is able to talk, and has plenty to say, but no one to speak to. The children that surround them suffer a variety of problems, many are blind or deaf and some are unable to leave their beds, many are literally wasting away. Abandoned into the hands of the staff at Mogilino these children inhabit a bleak uncaring world, so devoid of normal everyday stimulus that many have taken to rocking slowly and constantly in their chairs just for something to do. Bulgaria has more institutionalised mentally and physically disabled children than anywhere else in Europe. This film is a heart-rending and eye-opening look into the life of one such institution. The director and producer of Bulgaria's Abandoned Children, Kate Blewett, tells us about making the film. "I am overwhelmed by the response to my film Bulgaria's Abandoned Children. Thank you all for making the effort to write down and share your thoughts and emotions after watching this deeply depressing film. It is the very reaction and help that you can offer that, for me, is the purpose of putting such tough viewing on television. There is really no point in spending months on the road filming and bearing witness to such neglect and unhappiness - if then nothing changes. Perhaps I can take the opportunity to tell you a little more about the actual filming Filming was immensely depressing! Day in and day out, watching the childrenâ

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