Gráinne Dwyer


The Aurelia Trust (Ireland & Romania)


Gráinne Dwyer, Deividas Paulauskas, Ignas Laugalis, Fionn Kane, Fiona Dwyer


Fiona Dwyer

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The Aurelia Trust (Ireland & Romania)

Filmed on location in Romania (Bucharest, Negru Voda, Constansa, Galati, Techirghiol) and in Ireland (Skibbereen, West Cork, & University College Cork, Cork), Aurelia is a documentary that profiles the longstanding work of the Irish/Romanian charity the Aurelia Trust.

The Aurelia Trust is an Irish organisation working in Romania with abandoned children and young adults who have been institutionalised since birth. The main focus of their work is to improve the lives of children and young people in state institutions by offering alternative forms of care such as fostering, adoption, the creation of group homes and upgrading the institutions in which they live.

Many of the children they work with have suffered appalling levels of deprivation which has resulted in both physical and psychiatric/psychological disabilities, primarily those who grew up in the orphanage system during the Ceaușescu regime.

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