Born into Brothels
Calcutta's Red Light Kids

Briski, Zana; Kauffman, Ross
Year Published:  2004
Resource Type:  Film
Cx Number:  CX16774

The chronicling of two documentary filmmakers and their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

This 2005 Oscar-winning film is a chronicle of filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's efforts to show the world of Calcutta's red light district. To do that, they befriended the prostitute's children and offered to teach them photography to reciprocate being allowed to photograph their mothers. Much of the children's work was used in the film, and the filmmakers recorded the classes as well as daily life in the red light district. As the kids excel in their new found art, the filmmakers struggle to help them have a chance for a better life away from the miserable poverty that threatens to crush their dreams. 85 mins.

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