Wenn ich weine, schlägt mein Hertz (When I Cry, My Heart Beats)

Title of the film Original title: Wenn ich weine, schlägt mein Hertz
English title: When I Cry, My Heart Beats
Hungarian title: Amikor sírok, dobog a szívem

Production and shooting info Country of the production: Germany - de
Year of production: from 2006 to 2008
Year of shooting: 2006
Length of the film: 97 min
Colouring: colour
Standard format: DigiBeta
Recording format: DV
Original language: Romanian
Language of subtitle: English

Description of the content Home: The Sewers. Life: Drugs, Stealing, Begging. Hope: A Circus. Mustafa is eleven years old, and doesn’t really have a childhood. As a street-kid in Bucharest, he leads a sad and dangerous life amid drugs, prostitution and violence. If it wasn’t for the Parada Circus, he and twenty other street-children wouldn’t have a home. It’s here, during the daytime, they train to be circus performers, get a warm meal, a change of clothes and school lessons. “I miss having a house,” says Mustafa, “ a bed, a table, and a knife and fork and a spoon and a cooking pot. I’m happy when I’ve got money for cigarrettes and a bag of glue to sniff. When I take drugs, I dream and cry. I see pictures that move. I only sniff though, I don’t inject in my vains. I’ve already lost my voice a lot from begging. Sometimes I sing, too. I want to stop this life, not be a scallywag anymore. I don’t want to have dirty ears and dirty fingernails anymore.” Mustafa and five other street-children filmed with a mini-dv camera their own and very personal views of their lives. Using this remarkable material, together with her own observations, the director Annett Schütze, and her film-team created a poignant and moving portrait about forgotten children who refuse to give up- “When I Cry My Heart Beats.”

Credits Director: Annett Schütze
Music composer: Simon Frontzeck
 Antje Volkmann
Producer: Annett Schütze
 Holger Lochau
Cinematographer: Aleksandrs Grebnenvs
Editor: Friederike Schuchardt
Sound: Christoph Engelke
 Silvia Schmidt
 Ruslans Gailiris
Casting: Gabriel Costache
 Alin Gheorghe
 Mustafa Alexandru
 Vandana Constantinescu
 Natalia Burlan

Company / Institution Production: University for Film and Television HFF Konrad Wolf
Distributor: University for Film and Television HFF Konrad Wolf

Ethnicity and locality Etnic group: Romanian
Continent: East Europe
Country: Romania - ro
 (City, village, region, mountains, etc.): Bucharest

Tipology Type: non-fiction film
Form: documentary film

Related sciences Social science: psychology

Keyword: urban life
 young people

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