Born Into Brothels (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born Into Brothels (2004)



Critic Consensus: A powerful and uplifting documentary.

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Movie Info

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.

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Critic Reviews for Born Into Brothels

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (36)

Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's Born Into Brothels is both sustained and ultimately sunk by its lofty intentions.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Briski doesn't merely document the children's milieu. Instead, she does something revolutionary: She empowers them to document it for themselves.

April 4, 2005 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

A devastating portrait of impoverished Calcutta children who are born into the sex trades, yet the film is also an inspiring document about human possibilities and the need to strive despite impossible odds.

March 27, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One feels manipulated rather than enlightened.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

A beautifully made essay on a filmmaker's efforts to teach the children of Calcutta's prostitutes the fine art of photography.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

The film says all it needs to say through the photos of the kids and their excited, wide-eyed reactions when they realize the outside world is paying attention to them.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Born Into Brothels


Heartbreaking especially when you consider that the kids aren't saved. We need to put an end to this.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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