MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16 this week

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

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 7,685 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 69 user | 71 critic | 32 from Metacritic.com

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.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 30 Apr 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Jan 2014
 
a list of 28 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

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

Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

From directors Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel comes PROJECT KASHMIR--a feature documentary in which the directors... See full synopsis »

Directors: Senain Kheshgi, Geeta Patel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march -- single file -- to their traditional breeding ground.

Director: Luc Jacquet
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Filmed in Nepal and India this documentary presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex slave trade. The film provides actual footage from inside the... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Levine
Stars: Anuradha Koirala, Tim Robbins, Winona Ryder
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush
Man on Wire (2008)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau
Ray I (2004)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington
The Queen (2006)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After the death of Princess Diana, HM Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy
Sideways (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era.

Director: Edet Belzberg
Stars: Cristina Ionescu, Mihai Alexandre Tudose, Violeta 'Macarena' Rosu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Kochi
Avijit Halder ...
(as Avijit)
Shanti Das ...
(as Shanti)
Manik
Puja Mukerjee ...
(as Puja)
Gour
Suchitra
Tapasi
Mamuni
Edit

Storyline

Admist the apparent growing prosperity of India, there is a dark underbelly of poverty of another side of the nation that is little known. This film is a chronicle of filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's efforts to show that world of Calcutta's red light district. To do that, they inspired a special group of children of the prostitutes of the area to photograph the most reluctant subjects of it. 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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

The Kids of Sonagachi  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,410,863 (USA) (20 May 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Avjit: There is nothing called hope in my future.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Office: The Delivery: Part 1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sankarabaranam pancha nadai pallavi
Performed by Shenkar and The Epidemics
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Deeply compelling personal film
23 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautifully conceived and directed film. I knew little about the red light district of Calcutta and certainly nothing of the amazing children whose photographs are not only dramatic but also a tool of empowerment, albeit not entirely successful. One of the best documentaries of 2004. There certainly have been several excellent movies about the misery and hopeless nature of life in red light districts throughout the world, particularly southeast Asia. But this film's decision to focus on the children who not only are born in the brothels, but essentially live their entire lives within this damp and dismal walls. Director/photographer Zana Briski is to commended for bringing this to light. Several of my friends had deep empathy for her frustrating experiences with the Indian bureaucracy as she tries to get the children's art work noticed. Great film.


37 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
To the Directors aerohit-1
here is avijit halder_avijit
simply ridiculous headless_aarjan
Updates on children? slee30
Ebert + Roeper Review hchoudh
Cameras Used? wefoundjon

Contribute to This Page