Born Into Brothels Briski, Z., Kauffman, R., McDowell, J., Red Light Films (Firm), Thinkfilm (Firm), & HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films. (2005). Born into brothels (Full frame). [New York]: Thinkfilm
Summary 8 youth from ages 10 – 14 who are children of prostitutes working “in the line” in the red light district in Calcutta, India were given cameras by Zana Briski to document their life. This project is called Kids with Cameras. The film also followed their attempts to find boarding schools to attend.
Avijit The majority of the film was focused on Avijit. He was a talented artist and took to photography quickly. He was invited to Amsterdam to a youth film festival. Avijit almost did not go to Amsterdam because getting a passport is very difficult. The other reason is because his mom was burned to death by her pimp and Avijit avoided the photography class for a while. After his mom died, he said “There is nothing called ‘hope’ in my my future.” He did go to Amsterdam and attended school when he returned to Calcutta.
Why this is not useful to youth professionals This portrays the poorest of the poor, so it doesn’t depict an “average” youth of Calcutta. Some people have suggested that Zana edited the film in such a way to set herself to be a savior for these kids to make herself look good.