Born into Brothels

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  • R
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 7.2  (17,210)
  • 78

Born into Brothels is a documentary film that was produced, written and directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. The film features Shanti Das, Puja Mukerjee, Avijit Halder and Suchitra. Filmed in the dismal red light district of Calcutta, Zana Briski, an American photographer, and Ross Kauffman, her collaborator, went to Calcutta to reveal the prostitution of children that exists there. Because most all of the people wanted to go on camera for fear of their own demise, cameras were given to the prostitute's children to take photographs of the conditions in which they live. Their photos capture their lives, including both the squalor and beauty of it all. Over several years, the filmmakers teach photo classes and meet some of the parents, speaking to them through interpreters. Prostitution is shown as a way of life, rather than a choice. It is a matter of survival. A grandmother, daughter and mother work as prostitutes and the granddaughter is expected to become involved as well. However, it does not seem as though the boys will join them as prostitutes, though it seems like it may be inevitable. Much of the time, the age that the children enter into prostitution is during puberty. The film is mostly narrated by Briski who attempts to teach the people by bringing out their intelligence, encouraging them to be involved in the process of filming. Also depicted is the prosperous lives of the middle-class people of India. Many live in an executive class enjoying a very good and expanding economy. The people of Calcutta exist in a parallel, yet very separate universe, with no hope of an exit. In the end, Briski is determined to free as many of the children as possible and get them out of the district into boarding schools, to have a better chance in life. However, the opposition of the parents along with Indian bureaucratic roadblocks makes the prospect very difficult.

Born into Brothels
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Born into Brothels is a documentary film that was produced, written and directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. The film features Shanti Das, Puja Mukerjee, Avijit Halder and Suchitra. Filmed in the dismal red light district of Calcutta, Zana Briski, an American photographer, and Ross Kauffman, her collaborator, went to Calcutta to reveal the prostitution of children that exists there.

Because most all of the people wanted to go on camera for fear of their own demise, cameras were given to the prostitute's children to take photographs of the conditions in which they live. Their photos capture their lives, including both the squalor and beauty of it all.

Over several years, the filmmakers teach photo classes and meet some of the parents, speaking to them through interpreters. Prostitution is shown as a way of life, rather than a choice. It is a matter of survival.

A grandmother, daughter and mother work as prostitutes and the granddaughter is expected to become involved as well. However, it does not seem as though the boys will join them as prostitutes, though it seems like it may be inevitable. Much of the time, the age that the children enter into prostitution is during puberty.

The film is mostly narrated by Briski who attempts to teach the people by bringing out their intelligence, encouraging them to be involved in the process of filming. Also depicted is the prosperous lives of the middle-class people of India. Many live in an executive class enjoying a very good and expanding economy. The people of Calcutta exist in a parallel, yet very separate universe, with no hope of an exit.

In the end, Briski is determined to free as many of the children as possible and get them out of the district into boarding schools, to have a better chance in life. However, the opposition of the parents along with Indian bureaucratic roadblocks makes the prospect very difficult.

Born into Brothels is a 2003 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2 and a MetaScore of 78.

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  • Release Date
    2003
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 25 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (17,210)
  • Metascore
    78