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Born Into Brothels

In this documentary depicting the lives of child prostitutes in the red light district of Kolkata, India, Director Zana Briski befriends and teaches the children photography. She becomes aware that their photography might be a way for them to lead better lives.
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The brightest facet of the movie is that even as they face oppressive conditions they still persist with joy.
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The New York Times by Dana Stevens

The resulting film is moving, charming and sad, a tribute to Ms. Briski's indomitability and to the irrepressible creative spirits of the children themselves.
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Village Voice by Jessica Winter

Almost inevitably for a documentary of this stripe, it risks aestheticizing poverty--but here it's usually the kids themselves who compose the most arresting images.
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TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

In a rare and inspiring example of the way art can both reflect and alleviate human suffering, photojournalist Zana Briski's wrenching documentary traces her valiant use of photography to help children trapped in one of the most wretched places on earth.
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Variety by Todd McCarthy

Even if the film itself is relatively conventional, its exposure of a squalid city's most benighted neighborhood and its introduction of hope into nearly hopeless lives give it strong human interest value.
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New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Briski, a New York photographer, spent several years with the pre-teens. But she did more than just film them -- she tried to help them.

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