Born into Brothels

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Director: Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2004 | Length: 85 min
Language: English, Bengali with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Born Into Brothels is a documentary about the inspiring non-profit foundation Kids With Cameras, which teaches photography skills to children in marginalized communities.

In 1998, New York-based photographer Zana Briski started photographing prostitutes in the red-light district of Calcutta. She eventually developed a relationship with their children, who were fascinated by her equipment.

The photography is rich in color and subject matter, and the video camera following Briski through the squalid red light district, pausing to hear abusive mothers and drugged fathers deny their children passage into a better life, hearing the wisdom of the elders who desire something more for these children, captures a world few know.

Devoted as Briski and Kauffman are to their dream, they remain realistic and document an element of life that is illuminating. This is a touching film without being maudlin, beautiful without ignoring reality.

‘Born Into Brothels’: A Shot of Hope.”
Washington Post

Oscar, Winner, Best Documentary, Features
Sundance Film Festival, Winner, Documentary Audience Award

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