BORN INTO BROTHELS

Slum Children with Cameras

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Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: December 08, 2004

Starring: N/A

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 85 minutes

Distributor: THINKFilm

Director: Ross Kauffman and Zana
Briski PRODUCERS: Ross
Kauffman and Zana Briski

Executive Producer:

Producer: Ross Kauffman and Zana
Briski EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
None

Writer: N/A BASED ON THE NOVEL/PLAY
BY: N/A

Address Comments To:

Jeff Sackman
President/CEO
THINKFilm
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New York, New York 10013
Phone: (646) 293-9400
Fax: (646) 293-9407
Website: www.thinkfilmcompany.com

Content:

(B, RoRo, C, Pa, LL, V, S, NNN, A, DD, M) Light moral worldview; strong Romantic belief in the power of education, instead of the power of Jesus Christ, to transform lives, with positive Christian element where Roman Catholic nun working in a school/hospital offers to help woman, but scene is not followed up, and some pagan images of Hindu culture and woman takes girls to private school which is vegetarian (and, thus, may also be Hindu); 14 obscenities (including some “f” words) and six light profanities; adults scream at one another and talk of women getting beaten and one woman dying during arson-set blaze; two or three crude sexual references and children in story are children of prostitutes; upper male nudity and images of fully nude male infants and toddlers; alcohol use; tobacco smoking and man smokes hashish; and, negative portrayals of parents and exploitation of children rebuked.

GENRE: Documentary

Summary:

BORN INTO BROTHELS is an award-winning documentary about a female American photographer who tries to help 10 children of prostitutes in the Red Light District of Calcutta, India. Despite its subject matter, including some strong foul language, BORN INTO BROTHELS is an uplifting documentary, although most of the children don’t make it and even though the American photographer thinks that education is the answer to the children’s problems, instead of Jesus Christ.

Review:

BORN INTO BROTHELS is a documentary about a female American photographer who becomes friends with the children of prostitutes in the Red Light District in Calcutta, India. It has won several major awards, including Best Documentary of 2004 from the Los Angeles Film Critics.

Photographer Zana Briski gives 10 of the children a camera and teaches them how to take photographs. The movie documents how this changes their lives. Zana tries to get the children into private schools so they can avoid the harsh life of their mothers and other relatives. Bureaucracy, and the reluctance of some of the children’s mothers, grandmothers and aunts, prove to be her biggest obstacles.

Zana Briski directed this documentary with Ross Kauffman. Their movie shows the squalor of the children’s surroundings, but what comes across most is the beauty of the children’s souls and the happiness they display when they take their photos.

Ultimately, BORN INTO BROTHELS is an uplifting documentary, although most of the children don’t make it out of the slums and even though the American photographer thinks that education is the answer to the children’s problems. In reality, the ultimate answer to their awful predicament is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, nurtured by a community of loving Christian parents and caring Christian religious leaders. The movie brings attention, however, to a serious, almost intractable problem. The root of the problem, of course, is the sinfulness of human beings, which only Christ can cure. Even so, that doesn’t let Christians off the hook from doing something about this problem in the slums of India and other forsaken parts of the world. The filmmakers of BORN INTO BROTHELS deserve praise for bringing light to the problems of these adorable children.

BORN INTO BROTHELS requires extreme caution due to some strong foul language by some of the adult prostitutes, who also make a couple crude sexual remarks. The movie also contains images of fully nude male infants and toddlers and talk about selling children and turning children into prostitutes. One child’s father is shown smoking hash.

In Brief:

BORN INTO BROTHELS is an award-winning documentary about a female American photographer who becomes friends with the children of prostitutes in the Red Light District in Calcutta, India. Zana Briski gives 10 of the children a camera and teaches them how to take photographs. Zana tries to get the children into private schools so they can avoid the harsh life of their mothers. Bureaucracy, and the reluctance of some of the children’s mothers, grandmothers and aunts, prove to be her biggest obstacles.

Zana Briski directed this documentary with Ross Kauffman. Their movie shows the squalor of the children’s surroundings, but what comes across most is the beauty of the children’s souls and the happiness they display when they take their photos. BORN INTO BROTHELS is an uplifting documentary, although most of the children don’t make it out of the slums and even though the American photographer thinks that education is the answer, instead of Jesus Christ. BORN INTO BROTHELS requires extreme caution due to some strong foul language by some of the prostitutes, who also make crude sexual remarks. The movie also contains images of fully nude male infants and toddlers.