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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A real eye openerBy a customer from Lincoln , 24 Dec 2008By far the most powerful piece of documentary making I have ever watched.
If you haven't the stomach for this type of work then you should be ashamed, this is the world we live in. These kids live in a world that fills me with horror yet they have so much hope.
They made me feel humble.
fascinatingBy Goldman (3 reviews) from Manchester , 03 Sep 2008I loved this film and thought it brilliantly highlighted the realities of how tough it is to change the lives of those mired in a culture of poverty and abuse where ever they are.
I admired Zana Briskas commitment and effort and while it easy to criticise what was wrong with her efforts I am impressed that she and her helpers tried at all. One mistake she seemed to make was in assuming that an academic education would be the way out for these children and that boarding school would be the answer - perhaps trying to get them some form of apprenticeship might have worked better. However, as she said, she is just a photographer and that is what she knows. At least she mad a positive difference to a few of the kids lives.
I thought the editing, pace and feel of the film was terrific and watched it three nights in a row with different people.
.... waiting for the sequelBy a customer from Middx , 27 Jun 2008very moving, shows hope, the realities, poignant moments without any melodrama. At the end you were gunning for every child to make it through despite some of the adults - left me wanting to see a future sequel to see how each child fares
Very well doneBy jesus (18 reviews) from York , 11 Jun 2008An exceptional documentary. Don't forget to look at the extras on the disc, which follow the story six years later. Brilliant! So underrated.
Making a differenceBy a customer from Manchester , 30 Apr 2008Truly inspiring documentarywhich tugs at all the emotions and shows what a difference some interest, education, love and attention can make. It's a MUST SEE for anyone interested in volunteering their time to such causes.