Sunday, September 13, 2009


Directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman

Premiere date: January 17, 2004 (Sundance Film Festival)
R for some sequences of strong language.

A tribute to the resiliency of childhoos and the restorative power of art, Born Into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York based photographer, gives each of these youngsters a camera and teaches them how to take pictures, simultaneously causing them to look at their world with new eyes. Together with Ross Kauffman, Briski captures the magical way in which beauty can be found in the most unlikely of places and how a bright and promising future becomes a possibility for children who previously had no future at all.

Sundance Film Festival
Audience Award - Documentary
Grand Jury Prize Nominee

National Board of Review
Best Documentary

1 Academy Award Nomination, 1 Win
Best Documentary Feature


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