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.more
Rating: R (for some sequences of strong language)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
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On DVD: Sep 20, 2005
Box Office: $3.4M
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Critic Reviews for Born Into Brothels

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (36)

One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.

Full Review… | 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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

an absorbing journey over gritty social terrain, driven by a fierce sense of purpose

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Cinema Writer

This bond of trust between the filmmakers and their subjects exemplifies the kind of personal involvement that many documentary makers are striving for these days.

Full Review… | June 8, 2008

As bright as a box of new crayons, and just as full of creative potential, these children give us vibrant pictures of hope in the midst of oppression.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Looking Closer

In the end, you can't help but wonder exactly what it was you've just seen. A hard-hitting exposé? Voyeuristic slumming? A true tale of triumph, against all odds? A self-aggrandizing, vanity biopic? Some new type of reality film?Perhaps all of the above.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

Audience Reviews for Born Into Brothels

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

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

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Wonderful documentary.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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