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R| 1 hr. 25 min.

Plot Summary
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.


Directors: Zana Briski , Ross Kauffman

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: ThinkFilm

Born into Brothels (2004)

Release Date: December 8th, 2004|1 hr. 25 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Compelling. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    As inspiring as the story wants to be, its real drama is mired around the edges, where we get a sense of what it is really like to be born into a brothel. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Why, then, should we be eager to see a story of such incomplete inspiration? Because it's thrilling, and stirring. And because it is truth. show more

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