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Year: 2004
USA: ThinkFilm
UK: ICA Projects
Cast: Avigit, Gour, Puja, Kochi, Manik, Shanti, Suchitra, Tapasi
Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Countries: India / USA
Language: Bengali / English (some English subtitles)
USA & UK: 85 mins
USA Release Date: 8 December 2004 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 2 September 2005 (Limited Release - London. ICA)

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BORN INTO BROTHELS is an inspiring look at the transformative journey of a group of extraordinary children in Calcutta's red light district. It is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red light district where their mother's work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York based photographer, gives each of the children a camera, teaches them how to use it and gives them the opportunity to look at their world in a different light.

Winner of the Documentary Audience Award at 2004 Sundance Film Festival as well as over 20 other major film festival prizes.

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