Mama Illegal – Why Poverty? (7:10 min – English Subtitles)

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Would you leave your family behind to find work? Unemployment in some of Moldavia’s rural areas is as high as 80 percent. Anyone who can leave to work usually does. More than 1 million people have left to find to work abroad, often illegally and in lowly paid jobs. Mothers and fathers can spend years away from their children – but the money they send home can buy them a much better life. It’s a hard choice to make.

Director: Eduard Moschitz
Producers: Arash T. Riahi & Michael Seeber
Produced by Steps International & Golden Girls Filmproduktion


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