Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids
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2004 ACADEMY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
BORN INTO BROTHELS is an inspiring look at the transformative journey of a group of extraordinary children in Calcuttas red light district. Voted Best Documentary by the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. BORN INTO BROTHELS, which was produced and directed by New York based filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, also garnered over 20 major film festival awards including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
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 the red light district of Calcutta where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York based photographer, gives each of these youngsters a camera and teaches them how to take pictures, simultaneously causing them to look at their world with new eyes. Together with Ross Kauffman, Briski captures the magical way in which beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places and how a bright and promising future becomes a possibility for children who previously had no future at all.
Touching and heartfelt, yet devoid of sentimentality, BORN INTO BROTHELS defies the tear-stained tourist snapshot of the global underbelly. Briski spent years with these children and became a part of their lives. Their photographs are prisms into their souls, rather than anthropological curiosities, and a true testimony to the power of the indelible creative spirit.
"A REMARKABLE AND MOVING STORY ABOUT THE POWER OF ART TO TRANSFORM LIVES." -- David Ansen, NEWSWEEK
"INSPIRING!" -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"UPLIFTING!" -- A.O. SCOTT, THE NEW YORK TIMES
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 4.16 Ounces
- Media Format : NTSC
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : PDX
- ASIN : B000AJHITM
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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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Briski has been accused of exploiting the children as objects in her documentary, but I think this is unfair: there is nothing wrong in filming your work if this raises awareness and helps with fund raising, which this film certainly did.
At the end of the film, one is left with mixed feelings: on the one hand, a few kids make it and through their photos achieve emancipation from the slums. On the other hand, many don't, either because their parents prevent them or because they can't make the fateful decision to leave home.
WARNING: some DVD players cannot access to essential subtitles.
The releasing company locked down trailers at the disc head which
cuts out other features and controls but there is no menu option for
subtitles. Your player will either display them or not.
There is an AUSTRALIAN REGION 4 issue that I presume does not have