Children Of The Decree

Florin Iepan

Germany/Romania 2004, 68 min.

But as they grew up, they showed their gratitude by overthrowing and executing him. By delving into the consequences of his obsessed policy in Children of the Decree, Iepan resolutely establishes why they turned against him and made his evil regime come to an end. Ceausescu forced the women of Romania to deliver an exceptional population growth, while Ceausescu at the same time carried out an irresponsible economical policy that impoverished his people, leaving them with no money to buy food and clothes for their many children. No wonder women cursed their little babies as soon as they were born.

Children of the Decree does more than recount history: it exposes us to the personal tragedies caused by the regime. Through an ingenious use of his rich archive material, Florin Iepan creates a raw, poignant document. The material mainly consists of propaganda films and TV shows produced during Ceausescu’s rule. And Iepan has put a great effort into tracking down the individuals who participated in those ‘documentaries’ and interviewing them. This effort and technique breathe life into the material making it more personal and linking history to the present.

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