Born into Brothels

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Sociopolitical Documentary published by Red Light Films in 2004 - English narration

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The most stigmatized people in Calcutta's red light district are not the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty, abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping their mother's fate or for creating another type of life.

In Born into Brothels, directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman chronicle the amazing transformation of the children they come to know in the red light district. Briski, a professional photographer, gives them lessons and cameras, igniting latent sparks of artistic genius that reside in these children who live in the most sordid and seemingly hopeless world.

The photographs taken by the children are not merely examples of remarkable observation and talent; they reflect something much larger, morally encouraging, and even politically volatile: art as an immensely liberating and empowering force.

Devoid of sentimentality, Born into Brothels defies the typical tear-stained tourist snapshot of the global underbelly. Briski spends years with these kids and becomes part of their lives. Their photographs are prisms into their souls, rather than anthropological curiosities or primitive imagery, and a true testimony of the power of the indelible creative spirit.

The photographs taken by the children in Born into Brothels are available for purchase or as a compilation in a companion book. 100% of proceeds from print sales go directly to support the children's education.

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A short feature revisits the children three years after the filming ended, and we follow Zana Briski as she sees the kids for the first time since filming ended. We discover what has happened to each child.

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  • Video Codec: XVid
  • Video Bitrate: 1863 kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 640x480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Video Framerate: 29,97 fps
  • Audio Language: English/English (dual soundtrack, see below)
  • Runtime: 01:23:12
  • Number of Parts: 1 + 1 extra (see below)
  • Part Size: 1,493 MB
  • Ripped by: Dentje
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese
  • Note: you will need the subtitles, as there are large sections of the film not in English

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