Analysis of "Born Into Brothels"

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Summary: “Born into Brothels”, which is directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, is a documentary film about prostitutes’ children in Sonagachi, Calcutta’s red light district, India. Briski, a New York photographer, comes to the red light district to capture the lives of women prostitutes. In order to understand them and their lives, Briski decides to live with them. And that is when she meets the children and develops a closed relationship with them. Those children are curious about Briski and are fascinated by her equipment. She thinks that it would be great if she teaches them about photography and how to “see the world through their eyes”. Kochi works for Geeta Maji upstairs doing house chores and serving the boss and her customers. She keeps thinking about her future and wants to get education. Tapasi is a strong girl. She knows how to manage the lady swearing at her while she’s taking water from a well. She hopes sewing and photographing could help her make a living and take care of her sister in the future. The film introduces Manik and Shanti as brother and sister. Manik tells that when he was young, her mom was captured by police. His dad took her to the court to get his mom. Shanti shares that when their mom works, they go up to the roof and play there. Puja and Gour are close friends. Puja is a tomboy and very clever. Her grandmother and mother are prostitutes, yet she eats well and dresses well. She doesn’t look poor. However, Gour is worry that one day when Puja grows up, she’ll join the line and be bad. He wishes he could take her away from the brothel. Suchitra’s mom passed away, and she’s living with her aunt who will take her to Bombay to join in the line soon. When asked if she sees any solution for this, she hesitates and sadly shakes her head. Among them, Avijit is a born-artist. He has won many awards for his paintings. Intertwining with

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