Born Into Brothels details
|Starring:||Shanti Das, Avijit, Suchitra, Manik, Gour, Manik|
|Directors:||Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman|
Born Into Brothels
|Run time:||1 hour 23 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Aug 2007|
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Deserved Oscar WinnerBy Bob from Epsom, Surrey , 04 Sep 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]2005's Best Documentary Oscar winner was made by photographers living in the red light district among very camera-shy prostitutes in Calcutta.
Without the cooperation of the prostitutes the directors became fascinated by their children, a lively bunch with little education and no future. They give about 10 of these kids cameras and photography classes. Focusing less on the hellish environment from which they come, and more on where the cameras take them, the film shows the children's worlds opening up as they learn to see life through a lens.
The kids are engaging and matter-of-fact about their daily hardships and, as it turns out, gifted photographers. There is some wonderful imagery put on film. However, the filmmakers' well-intentioned efforts to improve the kid's lot only really show the hellish bureacracy that exists in India and gives a slightly self indulgent feel.
Overall though a worthy Oscar winner that is ulitimately quite uplifting.
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Must see documentaryBy veganjodie (18 reviews) from Coventry , 12 Oct 2013Interesting, powerful and a must watch. The children in the film were all wonderful and it was filmed sensitively. It broke my heart and made me laugh at the same time. I would love there to be a follow up, which focuses on what the children are doing now.
BrilliantBy a customer from Edinburgh , 01 Feb 2010Loved it ... great flimiing and story. The commentary by the kids when they were watching it was really great too.
Not one to miss!By a customer from Bermondsey, London , 14 Aug 2009It is really beautiful and engaging and the talent of some of the young phtographers is really engaging and magic. The day to day is so sombre though! It is all very, very moving and very bitter sweet!
inspiringBy a customer from UK , 07 Jun 2009Eventhough the children depicted in this film live in abject poverty and with the emotional turmoil of being the children of prostitiutes I have never seen such happy and smiling children on film. It just goes to prove that money doesn't buy you happiness.
A insight into world that is never seenBy a customer from London, England , 04 Apr 2009A excellent documentary that shines a light into the world of brothels and the effects of growing up in that world