Born Into Brothels

2004, Documentary/Biography, 1h 25m

108 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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.

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Audience Reviews for Born Into Brothels

  • Jan 03, 2010
    Heartbreaking especially when you consider that the kids aren't saved. We need to put an end to this.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2009
    A story and a message that should be told as much as possible. My Mother tends to say, do whatever you want, but when a Hungry Human is standing infront of your Door no matter if he/she your foe, never send them away hungry. Feed them.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2009
    An unforgettable documentary capturing the dark underbelly of poverty and forced prostitution within the Red Light District of Calcutta, India. The movie focuses on the sons and daughters of prostitutes who hope and dream for a better life. Definitely a heart-breaker! Personally, I teared up a lot.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2009
    A hard watch but a story that needed to be told.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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