In this gripping and gritty Academy-Award winning documentary, photojournalists/ documentarians Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman chronicle their journey into the seedy Red Light District of Calcutta, India. Briski and Kauffman come to develop a special attachment to the District’s children; Briski even decides to train the children in photography and equips them with cameras to photograph their experiences growing-up in the brothels. Finding empowerment behind the lens, the children emerge from the margins and into public awareness, though not without also igniting debates over the politics of representation and ethics of Western intervention. Briski and Kauffman received the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary feature, as well as the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. –UCI
If anyone cares, here's a good video relevant to this movie dissecting the “child-in-peril-in-the-third-world" narrative, or what Kathryn Bond Stockton calls “kid Orientalism,” involving sexualized children in a racialized world, i.e. in a realm of extreme third world (so-called) poverty - http://www.cornell.edu/video/?videoID=1740
This documentary thrilled me, then I read how the kids are doing nowadays and Avijit is even studying filmmaking at the U.S.! There is where you find out how powerful a film can be
I've heard controversial things about how exploitive zana briski was while filming this. The wikipedia entry is pretty revelatory. There are also some imdb threads that discuss the faux emancipatory content which are interesting.
Born Into Brothels is a documentary from 2004, and it was directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman. In 2004, it was nominated and won an Oscar for best documentary. It follows the two documentarians… read review