Mama Illegal

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    Mama Illegal

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    Austria

    2011

    102 min

    • German

    Documentary

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    Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Life is particularly difficult in the countryside. The former granary of the Soviet Union is mired in poverty, despair, and alcohol. Consequently, it is not surprising that many Moldovans, particularly Moldovan women, illegally emigrate to Western Europe in order to make money to support their relatives at home. The documentary Mama Illegal tells the story of three women who seek work and happiness in Austria and Italy. Hired as cleaners, they dream of a better life and worry about being deported back to their homeland, while the children they left behind are raised by distant relatives. As a result, an entire generation of modern-day economic orphans is growing up in Moldovan villages. Moreover, as the film shows, some women are frequently willing to accept the complete alienation of their children for the sake of a better life in Western Europe. The soundtrack for the film, which excellently illustrates the causes and effects of economic migration, features music by the popular Moldovan group Zdob si Zdub.

    Awards

    • Special Mention - ZagrebDox IFF

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ed Moschitz
    Cinematography
    Michael Schindegger
    Radu Bostan
    Sandra Merseburger
    Editing
    Alexandra Löwy
    Music
    Zdob si Zdub
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    GOLDEN GIRLS FILMPRODUKTION

    Press

    Documenting several years, the film explores with unfiltered honesty issues of distance and the complications of coming home.

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    Ed Moschitz

    Ed Moschitz

    Austria

    2004 to 2011 Director of the feature documentary "MAMA ILLEGAL". World premiere at the IDFA, in Amsterdam, since 2005 laecturer at the University of Krems for the master studies program for “quality journalism”. Since 1998 Reporter and journalist at the “Austrian Broadcasting Corporation”, in a documentary program. Research, design and review of 100 TV programs in the length of 30 or 45 minutes 1997 to 1999 Journalist at the “radio station Ö1” a cultural radio program. 1996 Journalist at the “radio station FM4” 1995 Civil service at the Viennese Red Cross 1994 to 1996 Writing of reports and articles for different magazines and newspapers in Austria