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on June 23, 2011
British photographer Briski goes to Calcutta and does a series of photos and comments about the children born to Indian women "working the line," which also tends to happen to the young female children as they grow older. Her observations and evaluations result in an award-winning documentary. To me, it smacks of the old colonial days wherein the "whites" go in and try to save the "browns" from themselves, and the vicious cyle of poverty and the caste system. She doesn't discuss the "men" that frequent the red-light district. Prositution cannot exist without a customer base. Her intentions are probably good and very Western, but in the end only one-to-two of the children remain in school. I was happy to hear that the children were HIV-free. The children are eventually called home by their parents to do the menial chores in the brothel neighborhood, and maybe not break their cultural standing and not try to climb above their meager circumstances. Some of the translations of the local language to English seems harsh with vulgaries, and the sub-titles were lacking. I would suggest that you watch the movie but be prepared for some slanted views - I always imagine that if an Asian photographer/journalist would go to downtown Detroit and do a documentary about the terrible lives that Americans lead, by shooting only the nasty, ugly scenes and downtrodden people, and writing the dialogue as they saw fit. Would this be true view of America, or Detroit?
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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.
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on August 18, 2016
I feel in love with this movie after watching it. There's a complex story that is told, but I believe the best of it is that when given an opportunity, outcast children can thrive. The kids being documented are both street smart and intelligent, but there are hindered by the obstacles put in their way due to the stigma that surrounds them.

There are many issues that are featured in this movie and not nearly enough solutions. but as the critical reviews state it is uplifting to see children find joy through the lens of a camera.
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on December 17, 2014
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 what they will become but just by getting introduced to film coupled with their own creativity has planned a seed to succeed
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on May 11, 2014
Though I do speak French, when I ordered this, I did not notice that it is the French version so I was very disappointed! I wanted to share this very powerful documentary with friends in English. However, I must say, that when I discovered this error, really on my part,it was easy to return the two copies I had bought and get the refund.
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on September 8, 2007
An amazing twist in a photgraphic project proves to be a teaching to all os us about what photography can be and how photography can change lifes. We all know what photography is but few of us know what it can show through the eyes of humans, and in this case children, that had never taken one. It's incrdible to see the quality that shooting with no preconceved notions of what is composition and formally correct.
This documentary even turns into a social project and has acheived success for what i've known.
Trully inspiring, trully appealing, trully touching, trully real and trully about life and photography
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on March 25, 2013
Such a great film! This really opens your eyes to what these children live through each day and their talent amazes me. Their culture and the many differences are evident, which just adds to their amazing photos! The film did seem to be more about the children and their lives rather than photography, which is fine, but unexpected.
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on July 13, 2014
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 the world lives.... This is a taste of how they live
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on November 30, 2016
Very touching documentary, very good.
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on September 22, 2016
Very uplifting documentary/story. Nice easy sale.
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