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


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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 5 nominations.
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Cast

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Kochi
Avijit Halder ...
(as Avijit)
Shanti Das ...
(as Shanti)
Manik
Puja Mukerjee ...
(as Puja)
Gour
Suchitra
Tapasi
Mamuni
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Herself "Zana Auntie" (uncredited)
Sunil Halder ...
Himself / Avijit's Father (uncredited)

Directed by

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Zana Briski
Ross Kauffman

Written by

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Zana Briski ... (written by) &
Ross Kauffman ... (written by)

Produced by

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Pamela Tanner Boll ... co-executive producer
Zana Briski ... producer
Lisa Cohen ... imaging producer
Geralyn White Dreyfous ... executive producer
Jannat Gargi ... imaging producer
Andrew Herwitz ... associate producer
Ross Kauffman ... producer
Ellen Peck ... associate producer

Music by

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John McDowell

Cinematography by

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Zana Briski
Ross Kauffman

Film Editing by

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Nancy Baker
Ross Kauffman

Editorial Department

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Chris Mole ... on-line editor
Ruchika Muchhala ... post-production assistant
Benjamin Murray ... on-line editor
George Panos ... assistant editor
Bill Scott ... color timer
Eric Welsh ... associate editor
Niels Dachler ... on-line editor (uncredited)
Phillip Lefesi ... additional editor (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Daniel Baruch ... sound engineer
Eric Milano ... sound editor
Tom Paul ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Harikumar Pillai ... sound recordist
Anne Pope ... sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith ... sound consultant: Dolby

Visual Effects by

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Bruno George ... imaging director

Animation Department

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Frank Ferrigno ... photo animator

Location Management

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Priyadarshini Nandy ... location translator
Arup Sengupta ... location translator

Music Department

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Alex Alexander ... drums
Daniel Baruch ... music producer / music recording mixer
Anada Bates ... background vocals
Iris Brooks ... percussion
Cameron Brown ... musician: bass
Ty Burhoe ... musician
Arnab Chakraborthy ... musician: sarod (as Arnab Chakrabarty)
Krishna Das ... vocals
Shivalik Ghoshal ... musician: tabla
Steve Gorn ... musician
Ananda Kahn ... musician: sarod
Elaine Kreston ... cello
John McDowell ... music producer / music recording mixer / musician: drums and keyboards
Tracy McKnight ... music consultant
Allyn Miner ... musician
Sabina Sciubba ... vocals
Steve Silverstein ... clarinet
John Vartan ... musician
Eric Milano ... assistant music engineer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Partha Banerjee ... office translator
Diana Barrett ... support
Betsy Bliss ... additional supporter
Hunter Boll ... support
Pamela Tanner Boll ... support (as Pamela Boll)
Stephen Carroll ... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Malobika Choudhury ... office translator (as Malobika Chaudhuri)
Jim Dreyfous ... additional supporter
Lynn Edens ... support
Wesley Edens ... support
Kathy Eldon ... additional supporter: Creative Visions
Vikram Jayanti ... creative consultant
Amy Kauffman ... support
Erika Kauffman ... additional supporter
Robert Kauffman ... support
Rodd Kauffman ... additional supporter
Bari Khan ... office translator
Wendy Knack ... additional supporter
Tom Langtry ... additional supporter
Vadi Langtry ... additional supporter
Bruce Laski ... accounting services
Cristina Linclau ... coordinator: exhibition
Cathy McCormack ... additional supporter
Tony McCormack ... additional supporter
Susan J. Mitchell ... additional supporter
Ellen Peck ... additional supporter
Harikumar Pillai ... researcher / script supervisor / translator
Samuel D. Pollard ... creative consultant (as Sam Pollard)
John Rocco ... title designer
Annie Roney ... international sales: Roco Films
Craig Severance ... support
Kristy Severance ... support
Michael Shimkin ... additional supporter
John Starr ... additional supporter
George Stranahan ... additional supporter
Jim Swartz ... support
Susan Swartz ... support
Jan D. Unger ... additional supporter
Bob Vila ... support
Marjorie Weiss Martay ... additional supporter
Robert Wise ... legal services

Thanks

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Bonnie Abaunza ... special thanks
Charles Abbott ... special thanks
Ananda Abinou ... acknowledgment
Adriana Alcala ... special thanks
Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli ... special thanks (as Chris Anderson-Bazzoli)
Raney Aronson ... special thanks
Heike Bachmann ... acknowledgment
Randall Balsmeyer ... special thanks (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Katie Barnes ... acknowledgment
Maggie Barrett ... special thanks
Susan Behr ... special thanks
Janie Joseland Bennett ... very special thanks
Rachèle Bevilacqua ... acknowledgment
Maina Bhagat ... special thanks
Bob Bianchini ... acknowledgment
Bodhi ... acknowledgment
Samantha N. Box ... special thanks
Richard Briski ... acknowledgment
Violette Briski ... acknowledgment
Merav Brooks ... special thanks
Micha Bruinvels ... special thanks
Matisse Bustos ... special thanks
Anthony Carbone ... acknowledgment
Max Charruyer ... special thanks
Billy Childs ... special thanks
Larry Confino ... special thanks
Nicholas Conover ... special thanks
Sak Costanzo ... special thanks (as Sak Constanzo)
Miriam Cutler ... special thanks
Diana Danin ... special thanks
Bishakha Datta ... special thanks
Heidi DeRuiter ... special thanks
Carlos Duran ... very special thanks
Tylor Durand ... acknowledgment
Chris Edwards ... special thanks
Simon Egleton ... special thanks
Margaret Engel ... special thanks
Jason Eskenazi ... acknowledgment
Elliott Fey ... special thanks
Tobias Fields ... special thanks
Attilia M. Fierro ... special thanks (as Fierro Attilia)
Sara Finmann ... special thanks
Drika Freire ... special thanks
Helen Garrett ... special thanks
Eddie Gartz ... special thanks
Árpad Gerecsey ... special thanks
Mary Giudera ... acknowledgment
Anders Goldfarb ... acknowledgment
Julie Goldstein ... special thanks
Peter Golub ... special thanks
Gail Goodman ... special thanks
Mylene Graziano ... special thanks
Tracy Griffith ... acknowledgment
Trevor Hall ... special thanks
Trevor Brodie Hall ... special thanks (as Trevor Hall)
Melissa Halsey ... acknowledgment
Sybrand Hekking ... special thanks
Lisa Heller ... very special thanks
Lee Hirsch ... special thanks
Jaime Holguin ... acknowledgment
Sarie Horowitz ... special thanks
Lana Iny ... special thanks
Audrey Jones ... special thanks
Nathaniel Kahn ... special thanks
Anand Kamalakar ... special thanks
Daniel Katz ... very special thanks
Barbara Kauffman ... acknowledgment
Richard Kauffman ... acknowledgment
Ron Kauffman ... acknowledgment
Kathy Kelehan ... special thanks
Senain Kheshgi ... special thanks (as Senain Keshgi)
Michaela Kirst ... special thanks
Bernice Koch ... special thanks
Bart Kummer ... special thanks (as Dr. Bart Kummer)
Rama Lakshmi ... special thanks
Gara Lamarche ... special thanks
Bob LaSala ... special thanks
Meredith Lavitt ... special thanks
Phillip Lefesi ... special thanks
Aileen Leijten ... special thanks (as Aileen Leitjen)
Michelle Lepak ... acknowledgment
Alfred Linde ... acknowledgment
Dina Linde ... acknowledgment
Keith Linde ... acknowledgment
Laurette Linde ... acknowledgment
Don Loga ... special thanks
Bonnie Long ... special thanks
Maggie MacKay ... special thanks
Jeff Magness ... acknowledgment
Mr. Maheshwari ... special thanks
Mrs. Maheshwari ... special thanks
Jessica Manzi ... special thanks
Tim Mapp ... special thanks
Helen Marcus ... special thanks
Aimee Marks ... special thanks
Jim McDonald ... special thanks
James McKenna ... special thanks
Sarah McNeill ... acknowledgment
Jacques Menasche ... special thanks
Ismail Merchant ... special thanks
Raymond W. Merritt ... special thanks
Joel Meyerowitz ... special thanks
Mookie ... acknowledgment
Atiyah Muhammad ... special thanks
Michiel Munneke ... special thanks
Sheila Nevins ... very special thanks
Zohar Nir-Amitin ... special thanks
Liz Ogilvie ... special thanks
Kerstin Park-Labella ... special thanks
Geeta Patel ... special thanks
Karen Paul ... special thanks
Catherine Pledge ... special thanks
Robert Pledge ... very special thanks
Gary Pollard ... special thanks
Joe Popp ... special thanks
Mohan Prakash ... special thanks
Annie Proulx ... special thanks
Govind Punwani ... special thanks
Ambreen Qureshi ... special thanks
Ana Racelis ... special thanks
Vinay Rajpal ... special thanks
Satyajit Ray ... acknowledgment
Robert Redford ... special thanks
Evan Reed ... special thanks
Ish Reina ... special thanks
Jim Rider ... special thanks
Fred Ritchin ... special thanks
Lizette Rivera ... special thanks
Don Robinson ... special thanks
Shalu Rozario ... special thanks
Steve Ruhl ... special thanks
Pete Sabin ... acknowledgment
Nanita Greene Samuels ... acknowledgment
Gregoire Sauter ... special thanks
Diana Schmidt ... special thanks
Kirk Simon ... special thanks
Victor Sira ... acknowledgment
Calvin Skaggs ... special thanks (as Cal Skaggs)
Jeffrey D. Smith ... special thanks
Alexandra Spadea ... special thanks
Reinhold Speigler ... acknowledgment
Chuck Spezzano ... acknowledgment
Lency Spezzano ... acknowledgment
Spirit ... acknowledgment
Sploodge ... acknowledgment
Buddy Squires ... special thanks
Lina Srivastava ... special thanks
Heather Stephenson ... special thanks
Michael Stranahan ... special thanks
The Tarrant Family ... acknowledgment
Jay Tarrant ... acknowledgment
Mary Tchorbajian ... special thanks
Allan Ure ... special thanks
Mark Urman ... very special thanks
Joyce Vaughn ... special thanks
Fred Walker ... acknowledgment
Gary Weingarten ... acknowledgment
Scott Weir ... special thanks
Sean Welch ... special thanks
Diane Weyermann ... very special thanks
Alyson E. Winick ... very special thanks (as Alyson Winick)
Judy Zezmar ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Kids of Sonagachi (United States)
  • Camera kids (France)
  • Im Bordell geboren - Die Kinder im Rotlichtviertel von Kalkutta (Germany)
  • Los niños del barrio rojo (Spain)
  • Kalküta'nin çocuklari (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 85 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $10,580, 12 Dec 2004

Did You Know?

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Movie Connections Featured in Constantine/Son of the Mask/Because of Winn-Dixie/Born Into Brothels (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Sankarabaranam pancha nadai pallavi See more »
Quotes Avjit: There is nothing called hope in my future.
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