In 2007, the abandoned children of the BBC documentary Bulgaria caused an international outcry, because the images were so shocking drop to witness in a country that had just become a member of the European Union. The spectators were overwhelmed by emotion and anger to see Bulgarian children brutality and death before his eyes when state care after being abandoned by their parents because of disabilities.
After transmission of the film, MEPs and ministers from across Europe visited Bulgaria to changes in demand, ask to see the conditions in other schools and donate money to instigate the process of change and institutionalization in a country suffering a hangover of communism. Eighteen months after filming the abandoned children of Bulgaria – Director Kate Blewett returned this year to Bulgaria – a movie with a handful of children in the original film, very disturbing – to see where they are today and how their lives have changed since the protest.
It is a testament to the power of television to achieve a particular change, and also demonstrate how even seem hopelessly removed and “damaged” children can be reached, helped and given meaning to life and the future with proper care. Bulgaria’s abandoned children: Revisited – shows the two worlds, past and present in a 60-minute program.
The 2007 film provoked an international scandal, because the images were so shocking drop to witness in a country that had just become a member of the European Union. The documentary shows how even seemingly hopeless, and retreat “damaged” children can be aided and given meaning to life and the future with proper care.