Nominated for the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
This documentary was a cry for help for these children, and it has been heard internationally, and in Russia, media coverage and screenings, university lectures, panel discussions, and other well-attended events have raised awareness about homeless youth.
In 1997 we formed the charity - the 'Active Child Aid Foundation'. Unable to sit back and simply turn a blind eye to the suffering of literally thousands of lost, homeless children who have been abandoned by their parents, continually persecuted and sexually exploited and driven to drugs and alcohol, we decided to make an attempt to bring about a real and positive change to the terrible situation that these destitute children are in.
We looked closer into the world of these children and saw that they also have many unused, creative abilities. They showed common sense and intelligence, hidden talents and a wonderful sense of humour - all of which would never be realised unless someone made a serious effort to help them.
“The fight for the rights of children, for their protection and well-being, is of the utmost necessity. Whenever this fight is lost - as it is when a homeless child dies on the street - we must question how much is being done, by nations, communities and individuals, to protect children from the saddest fate of all”.
Hanna Polak - founder of Active Child Aid (The State of The World’s - UNICEF 2010)