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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

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

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Cast overview:
Kochi
Avijit Halder ...
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Shanti Das ...
(as Shanti)
Manik
Puja Mukerjee ...
(as Puja)
Gour
Suchitra
Tapasi
Mamuni
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Documentary photographer Zana Briski journeyed into Calcutta's underworld to photograph the city's prostitutes. In return, she offered to teach the prostitutes' children the basics of photography so that the kids could document their own lives on the streets of one of the world's poorest cities. The resulting photographs, often astonishing, were exhibited around the world; many of them are seen in this film, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for some sequences of strong language | See all certifications »

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11 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The Kids of Sonagachi  »

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$10,580 (USA) (10 December 2004)

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$3,410,863 (USA) (20 May 2005)
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Mamuni: [from extra scene on the DVD] When I have the camera in my hand, it tickles my hand and I must take a picture right away.
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Pairon mein bandhan hai
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Fabulous Film
5 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

We saw this film at the Cleveland International Film Festival and it was one of the absolute best of the 85 films at the festival.

This film is a documentary, made by a photographer, Zara Briski, who lived in the brothels of Calcutta and befriended the children of the women of the brothels.

In the film, Zara teaches the children photography by giving them each a point-and-shoot cameras and the children, between ages 10-12, compose and shoot some amazing photographs.

Zara tries to raise money to get the children into private schools and get them out of the brothels where the are destined to follow the path of their parents as prostitutes or drug dealers.

This is an amazingly rich documentary like none you have ever seen. It touches the lives of these children so personally, and is shot so intimately, that you feel like you are right there with them.

I commend the film-makers for completing this moving and important piece of work.


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