BORN INTO BROTHELS,
USA
, INDIA

SDG: 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

TITLE: Born in Brothels

CATEGORY: Film, Photography

RELEASE DATE: 2004

ORIGIN: USA, India

DIRECTORS: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman

DESCRIPTION: Indian-American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Kolkata's red light district, the winner of Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2005.

Briski, a documentary photographer, goes to Kolkata to photograph prostitutes. While there, she befriended their children and offered to teach the children photography to reciprocate being allowed to photograph their mothers. The children were given cameras so they could learn photography and possibly improve their lives. Their photographs depicted a life in the red light district through the eyes of children typically overlooked and sworn off to do chores around the house until they were able to contribute more substantially to the family welfare. Much of their work was used in the film, and the filmmakers recorded the classes as well as daily life in the red light district. The children's work was exhibited, and one boy was even sent to a photography conference in Amsterdam.
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RELATED LINKS: http://www.zanabriski.com

THE VOICE

Putting cameras into the hands of marginalized children gives them a voice, self-respect and confidence. Art really does change lives.

ZANA BRISKI