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Through the lens we see them as people
on February 26, 2017
This documentary is a beautiful and painful look at the lives of the children of women who are prostituted in Calcutta and involved in other illegal industries around the red light district. In the fall of 2016 I spent three months working with children who were trafficked or abused in Nepal. I saw my children in the children in "Born into Brothels." This documentary highlights that these children are children. It is easy to label them and make them statistics and forget that they are children. But they are also children who are growing up in a red light district, forced to recognize that they might follow their mothers into sex work, not have food to eat tomorrow, or simply never leave this area (the biggest desire of many of the children). The filmmaker, Zana Briski, beautiful guides you through their lives as she teaches them photography and strives to improve their futures. I love the focus on their photography. The children are featured as students and as photographers in their own right. It is so empowering. This is a sad story, but it is also inspiring and sheds light on the potential that anyone has when given opportunities. Unfortunately, not all of these children are able to take the opportunities that are presented to them, but the filmmaker's efforts to help them beautifully cross through the line of objectivity. "Born into Brothels" is an important film because it forces the viewer to see these far away children as people and to realize that when we reach out to one another, we can make a difference, even if it is only temporary.