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Saturday, May 29 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Gypsy Child Thieves

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Across Europe thousands of very young Roma children are being forced onto the streets to beg and steal. Romanian Gypsy organized criminal gangs take advantage of the fact that in most European countries the age of legal responsibility is 14. They traffic these children on a massive scale and make millions of Euros by ruthlessly exploiting them. Award-winning filmmaker Liviu Tipurita spent seven months investigating this new criminal phenomenon in Spain, Italy and Romania. In this documentary, he reveals how law enforcement agencies and social services are seemingly powerless to prevent it. Liviu goes inside the closed world of Romanian Gypsies - the poorest and most marginalized community in Europe - to expose the shocking plight of these children. He captures on camera the racism the Gypsies are being subjected to and the efforts made to integrate them into the wider society, as well as the involvement of the families in the exploitation of the children. Liviu raises sensitive questions about a culture of crime that perpetuates a cycle of abuse and exploitation and calls for immediate action to help these children.

Saturday May 29, 2010 10:00am - 11:00am

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