The Way Up
- 52 minutes
During Ceausescu regime’s rule in Romania abortions had been illegal. As a result, Romenian orphanages became full as many mothers were unable to keep their children. This is where Lian grew up until the age of four. An Israeli couple chose to adopt Lian - a beautiful girl with huge but sad eyes - amongst many of the other abandoned children. Shortly after, it became clear that the home she had been brought to was abusive, and at the age of 14 she ran away and found herself living in the streets.
The Way Up is the personal story of a street girl’s struggle for survival, led by her dream of reuniting with her birth mother. Alone in this world, she teaches herself to deal with harsh realities as she searches for ways to alleviate her loneliness. The film follows Lian for three years and reveals the cruel and tough reality of street life in Tel Aviv.