Born into Brothels

28 01 2011

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.9, 93%

The cover of Born into Brothels has a quote from The New York Times that says, “Inspiring.” That is not how I would describe this film. Born into Brothels is the story of a British woman who chooses to live in the Red Light District of Calcutta in order to document the lives of the prostitutes there. Instead, she mets a group of children who live in the district and begins to teach them photography.

Unfortunately, the ending is not what we would particularly like to see, but this is truth. Unlike other films where directors can change the story line, this documentary shows how difficult the problem is in India. The woman, Zana, is a bold and inspiring figure, but the complexity of the problem is daunting to anyone wishing to do some good in the world. What this story teaches above all is that you cannot put a price on helping even one child to improve and perhaps even save his or her life.




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