Born Into Brothels (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born Into Brothels (2004)



Critic Consensus: A powerful and uplifting documentary.

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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.
R (for some sequences of strong language)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Born Into Brothels

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (32)

One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.

March 11, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A beautifully made essay on a filmmaker's efforts to teach the children of Calcutta's prostitutes the fine art of photography.

March 11, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The film says all it needs to say through the photos of the kids and their excited, wide-eyed reactions when they realize the outside world is paying attention to them.

March 11, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's one of the most inspiring finales I've seen in a long while.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Born Into Brothels is great humanitarianism, but it's not great filmmaking.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Beautifully filmed, and devoid of the kind of patronizing beneficence that First Worlders often bring to the Third World.

February 24, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Born Into Brothels


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

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