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Born Into Brothels

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Born Into Brothels
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While living in the red light district of Calcutta, documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives.
Title: Born into brothels
[videorecording]
Published: [New York] : Thinkfilm, c2005.
Edition: Full frame.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in. + ,1 guide ([10] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Notes: Originally released in 2004.
Special features: director's commentary with Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski; special video commentary by the kids watching selected scenes of the film; 7 deleted scenes; "reconnecting" - an update of the kids 3 years later (9 min.); Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski interview segment with Charlie Rose (6 min.); Academy Award acceptance speech; production stills; about Kids with Cameras; theatrical trailer.
"Academy Award winner: Best Documentary Feature" -- Container.
Summary: While living in the red light district of Calcutta, documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives.
Audience: MPAA rating R for some sequences of strong language.
Local Note: 1
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.7408 BOR
Statement of Responsibility: Red Light Films, in association with Thinkfilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films presents ; directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski
Credits: Executive producer, Geralyn White Dreyfous ; co-executive producer, Pamela Tanner Boll ; cinematography, Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski ; editors, Nancy Baker and Ross Kauffman ; music by, John McDowell.
Performers: Featuring Zana Briski.
System Details: DVD; Region 1; Dolby digitial stereo 2.0, Dolby digital surround 5.1.
Other Language: English and Bengali dialogue with English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Children of prostitutes India Calcutta Video recordings. Child photographers India Calcutta Video recordings. Brothels India Calcutta Video recordings. Prostitution India Calcutta Video recordings. Calcutta (India) Social conditions. Briski, Zana.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Children of prostitutes
Child photographers
Brothels
Prostitution
Publisher No: TF-53425
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Feb 13, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Be warned that my NYPL copy was ONLY in Bengali,.. without any English subtitles !?? I mostly just watched the Director's commentary and the bonus extras, ,.. and very much liked the film, the children, and the photography.

Jul 11, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful exploration of a group of severely underprivileged children in Calcutta who are given the opportunity to create a better future for themselves through photography. Be sure to watch the version with the directors' commentary for more details and background information on the film, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2005.

Apr 10, 2011
  • nikkie84 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting documentary, It is, as it says, a story featuring children of prostitutes in Calcutta, but there is always more too it than that, The documentary is from an American photographer who becomes very close with the children and teaches them photography, the children show an amazing amount of passion and ability, and some of the photographs they show are just amazing, Another major part of this documentary is this woman's struggle to help these children make something of their lives and get them into schools, Something that is exceedingly difficult for the simple fact that they live in the red light district. These kids are amazing, definitely worth watching.

Note that it is very lightly narrated in English, but most of the story is told by the children themselves, so it is heavily subtitled.

May 23, 2010
  • edul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I highly recommend this documentary that follows the lives of children born in the slums of India.

Mar 15, 2010
  • artsyred rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

such talent in the underbelly we never want to see.
great thought provoking film

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Oct 12, 2009
  • Booker65 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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