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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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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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$10,580, 12 December 2004, Limited Release

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$3,410,863, 22 May 2005
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Avjit: There is nothing called hope in my future.
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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Pairon mein bandhan hai
Performed by Udhbav, Manohar Shetty, Ishaan, Shraddha Pandit, Sonali Bhatawadekar and Pritha Mazumdar
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An excellent idea.
26 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

There needs to be more uplifting movies like this one. Truly inspirational and enlightening. People have questioned the motives of the director or author - but all I can say is I don't even care if she did it all for the money. If she did, then capitalism is working here. Those who are complaining probably aren't doing anything to help those kids.

With the proliferation of internet porn and sex tourism, it is good thing for people to see a documentary such as this. It is just good material to put into people's heads compared to the nasty stuff that is out there. To me it shows that even in the depths of human degradation and despair there could be hope in a corrupt world. That one person, if they could change a few lives for the better, for whatever motivation, it is a good thing and should be an inspiration for us all.

Even in these worst human conditions these beautiful kids just shine out full of hope and potential. If you want to see a true-life story documentary where lives are changed for the better, than watch this one.


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