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Roma

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After his mother was deprived of parental rights, 12-years-old Roma escapes to the heart of Ukrainian revolution,becoming a star of the Maidan uprising. His childhood experience of survival in a devastating environment and street skills turn into his advantages as he engages into the most dangerous events of the revolution. In fact, revolution for him is like a festival, where one may throw stones at the police with impunity, spend nights at warm tents, and be in the spotlight. Here, for the first time in his life, Roman boy Roma is accepted by the society and feels that he is necessary.
In the aftermath of the revolution, Roma ends up at a boarding school; however, instead of the necessary psychological and social rehabilitation, the system only provides some conditional assistance. At the age of 17, Roma steals some equipment from the boarding school and gets a probation. When he turns 18, Roma is expelled from the boarding school without a chance of graduating, without accommodation or money, and still on probation. He returns to his native, criminogenic town of Yahotyn and gradually immerses into the criminal world, in which he grew up and has learned it better than the alphabet. His older brother Kolya, who was just released from prison and has influence on Roma, is among the few people who care about him. Kolya brags about his prison life and shares his experience of survival outside of jail until next imprisonment. The independent life is a challenge for Roma, and the camera witnesses his insignificant efforts to cope with normal existence: he finishes his studies in 9th grade, tries to find a job and to abstain from drugs. Still, all his efforts are futile. Roma seems to be completely dependent on his devastating environment and is rapidly degrading. He is further and further away from the possibility of normal life; however, hope is always looming somewhere in the future.
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