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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004)

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

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Kochi
Avijit Halder ...
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Shanti Das ...
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Manik
Puja Mukerjee ...
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Gour
Suchitra
Tapasi
Mamuni
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Documentary photographer Zana Briski journeyed into Calcutta's underworld to photograph the city's prostitutes. In return, she offered to teach the prostitutes' children the basics of photography so that the kids could document their own lives on the streets of one of the world's poorest cities. The resulting photographs, often astonishing, were exhibited around the world; many of them are seen in this film, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for some sequences of strong language | See all certifications »

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11 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The Kids of Sonagachi  »

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$10,580 (USA) (12 December 2004)

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$3,410,863 (USA) (22 May 2005)
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Mamuni: [from extra scene on the DVD] When I have the camera in my hand, it tickles my hand and I must take a picture right away.
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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Performed by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan
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An incredible and meaningful experience
16 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film should be seen by everyone who has any sense of what the world is and can be if we give our attention and empathy to make it a better place --in the background I hear the greed and anger of Donald Trump and it is so jarring (and sad) and disturbing ....it is absolutely amazing the dedication and caring of Zana Briski an Ross Kauffman and their attempt to support and change the destinies of these poor unfortunate children who are doomed to a life of humiliation, poverty and human degradation. It is uplifting to know that there are people who care --who are not driven by greed and avarice-- who will try , no matter what the odds are, no matter what are the bureaucratic difficulties to help and support these poor unfortunate children .. I know that I have been immensely moved by this film and what is going on in a place like the red light district of Calcutta and will do what I can to make some impact with these unfortunate children in all of the various venues that these people have chosen to work in and do these miraculous things that are they are doing.


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