MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,307 this week

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

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 6,692 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 67 user | 70 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...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 01 May 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 03 May 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 32 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 7.8/10

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 19 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
War Dance (2007)
Documentary | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
Stars: Dominic, Nancy, Rose
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.

Director: Nisha Pahuja
Stars: Pooja Chopra, Marc Robinson, Ankita Shorey
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker
Stars: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman
Spellbound (2002)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar
Dark Days (2000)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer
Stars: Marc Singer
Redlight (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories ... See full summary »

Directors: Adi Ezroni, Guy Jacobson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Somaly Mam, Reena, Sokha
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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 8.3/10 X  

Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children.

Director: Jonathan Karsh
Stars: Susan Tom, Anthony Tom, Faith Tom
Promises (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Moishe Bar Am, B.Z. Goldberg, Shlomo Green
Until When (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Set during the current Intifada, this documentary follows four Palestinian families living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. Fadi is 13 and cares for his 4 younger brothers, the ... See full summary »

Director: Dahna Abourahme
Documentary | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 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
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

Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Aankhen khuli
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An incredible and meaningful experience
16 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film should be seen by everyone who has any sense of what the world is and can be if we give our attention and empathy to make it a better place --in the background I hear the greed and anger of Donald Trump and it is so jarring (and sad) and disturbing ....it is absolutely amazing the dedication and caring of Zana Briski an Ross Kauffman and their attempt to support and change the destinies of these poor unfortunate children who are doomed to a life of humiliation, poverty and human degradation. It is uplifting to know that there are people who care --who are not driven by greed and avarice-- who will try , no matter what the odds are, no matter what are the bureaucratic difficulties to help and support these poor unfortunate children .. I know that I have been immensely moved by this film and what is going on in a place like the red light district of Calcutta and will do what I can to make some impact with these unfortunate children in all of the various venues that these people have chosen to work in and do these miraculous things that are they are doing.


29 of 38 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