Born Into Brothels

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Red Light Films/HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films/Creative Visions and Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Released 2005

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Born Into Brothels

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Director:
Ross Kauffman , Zana Briski
Released:
2005
Rating:
R

Born into Brothels is a 2004 American documentary film about the plight of the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red light district. When Zana Briski, a documentary photographer, goes to Kolkata (formerly known as Calcultta) to photograph prostitutes, she befriends the local children. Their fascination with her camera gives her the idea to teach the children how to become photographers in exchange for allowing photographs of their mothers. Briski gives the children cameras and teaches them basic photography skills, hoping to improve their lives by teaching them a saleable skillset. Briski, along with Ross Kauffman, then made the documentary with footage shot by many of the children. She encouraged each of them to apply boarding school, and even worked for one of the students to attend a photography conference in Amsterdam. Written and directed by Briski and Kauffman.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The resulting film is moving, charming and sad, a tribute to Ms. Briski's indomitability and to the irrepressible creative spirits of the children themselves.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Seven years in the making, it demands to be experienced not just because of the good it does but because of how unexpectedly good, even buoyant, it makes you feel.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Even if the film itself is relatively conventional, its exposure of a squalid city's most benighted neighborhood and its introduction of hope into nearly hopeless lives give it str...

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Arts, Documentary

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Independent, Culture, Photography