Bulgaria has the highest number of physically and mentally disabled children growing up in institutes anywhere in Europe. These children have been abandoned by their families simply because they weren’t like other children. To investigate why there are so many special needs children and how they’re being cared for by the state, a BBC reporter with a team of cameramen went to Bulgaria and this is the result – the documentary titled Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children.
For 9 months, the BBC team stayed in a social house in a remote Bulgarian village of Mogilino that is home to 75 mentally and physically disabled children. These children are classified as non-educable (not capable of learning) so they don’t receive any education and are for the most part confined to their rooms. Lack of normal exercise weakens their bodies so some are unable to move on their own. The facility is equipped with a gym and a swimming pool, but there are no trained staff to help the children use them.
Unfortunately the reporter brought both her feminist bullshit and superiority complex with her to Bulgaria so the rhetoric sounds like it was made by someone with a stick up their arse. And indeed, I felt like stabbing myself in the ear during most of the narrative the host was so full of shit. Her “Oh, look at me, I’m from England. Who the fuck are you being from Bulgaria?” attitude spoils what could have been great insight into the lives of Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children.
Unfortunately this was clearly not her goal so it’s basically a documentary which tries really hard to present former Eastern Bloc in an extremely bad light. It reminded me a lot of Zio documentaries about the Holocaust – full of bullcrap encapsulated with strong rhetoric that strives to hit the soft spots of the viewer in order to make them forget to use the brain and rely entirely on emotions. You could write a psyops manual after watching this doc.