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A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, BORN INTO BROTHELS is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red light district, where there mothers work as prostitutes. Spurred by the kids' facination with her camera, Zana Briski, a New-York-based photographer living in the brothels and documenting life there, decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids, who society refused to recognize, awaken for the first time to their own talents and sense of worth. Filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski capture the way in which beauty can be found even the seemingly bleakest and most helpless of places, and how art and education can empower children to transform their lives.
Set in Calcutta's notorious red-light district, Born Into Brothels explores the lives of its most vulnerable citizens. Directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, the pictures eight small subjects shot the still footage themselves. Briski first teaches them how to shoot and edit. The children then put her lessons into practice. They gain confidence as the film proceeds, yet there's always the threat that any of the girls, especially 14-year-old Suchitra, could be forced to "join the line" (work as a prostitute). For most, it's only a matter of time. The boys don't have it much better. Promising photographer Avijit's mother is gone and his father is a drug addict. "Without help," Briski notes, "they're doomed," so she takes matters a step further and tries to get them out of the brothels altogether. Produced for HBO, this heartbreaking, if inspiring film won the 2005 Academy Award for best documentary feature. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Editorial Reviews
God please untwist these children's knotted fate; this film gives you a look into the lives of children born in to brothels and the social class structure that dictate who and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by P. Lazarus
One of the most amazing and heart wrenching documentaries I have seen in my entire life! The Third World is the real world and people in western cultures forget how the majority of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deborah Grossman
Though I do speak French, when I ordered this, I did not notice that it is the French version so I was very disappointed! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Julie M.
Excellent documentary. Socially relevant commentary about life inside of a brothel. What many would consider hell on earth, the innocence of children can still have the unwavering... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Walter F. Brown
this is hard to rate because of the subject matter, but it is what it. Be warned that it is very hard to watch.Published on September 6, 2013 by Jan