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

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



Critic Consensus: A powerful and uplifting documentary.

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Movie Info

This film is a portrait of a group of unforgettable children in Calcutta's red light district. Feisty, resilient and wickedly funny, they are the children of prostitutes. Trying to evade a doomed future, they embark on a transformational journey with New York-based photographer Zana Briski, who teaches them how to take pictures with cameras she provides. This humorous and heartfelt story portrays the power of art and the courage of those willing to change their own lives.


Critic Reviews for Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (21)

Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's Born Into Brothels is both sustained and ultimately sunk by its lofty intentions.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a film about our world that deserves the attention and the audience that Michael Moore's films command.

February 22, 2005

Heartwarming, heartbreaking and, finally, deeply haunting.

February 18, 2005 | Full Review…

Born of genuine research and a desire to shine light into the darkness, as all great documentaries must.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Heroism can come in subtle forms. This is one of them.

February 17, 2005 | Full Review…

The drama lies in watching [the children's] artistic educations sharpen their sense of self, change the way they observe the world, and affect their painful, squalid environment.

February 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids


Heartbreaking especially when you consider that the kids aren't saved. We need to put an end to this.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A hard watch but a story that needed to be told.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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