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

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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 ...
(as Avijit)
Shanti Das ...
(as Shanti)
Manik
Puja Mukerjee ...
(as Puja)
Gour
Suchitra
Tapasi
Mamuni
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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)

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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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Quotes

Tapasi: Just today, I took someone's picture and he bad mouthed me. I didn't mind. You really have to put up with a lot if you want to learn to do something well.
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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Sankarabaranam pancha nadai pallavi
Performed by Shenkar and The Epidemics
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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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