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10th lecture for my course Transient Spaces at RMIT University, focussing on the documentary Born into Brothels.

10th lecture for my course Transient Spaces at RMIT University, focussing on the documentary Born into Brothels.

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  • 1. Agenda Blogging tips Reflections on Born into Brothels Born into Brothels
  • 2. Kate discusses the difficulty ofrecruiting interviewees, and whatpossible solutions might be
  • 3. Rob discusses recent legal andpolitical events of interest toAustralian internet users.
  • 4. Jessie considers hercommunity’s technicallimitations, and the importance ofmaking sure she is deliveringcontent they can access.Kate has replied (Kate shouldrepublish and link her reply onher own blog)
  • 5. Aliya is pondering how to editdown her interview footage, anquotes anexpert with relevant advice.
  • 6. Born into Brothels“Briski, a documentary photographer, went to Calcutta to photograph prostitutes. While there, shebefriended their children and offered to teach the children photography to reciprocate being allowedto photograph their mothers. The children were given cameras so they could learnphotography andpossibly improve their lives. Much of their work was used in the film, and the filmmakers recordedthe classes as well as daily life in the red light district. The childrens work was exhibited, and oneboy was even sent to a photography conference in Amsterdam. Briski also recorded her efforts toplace the children in boarding schools.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_into_Brothels)
  • 7. Born into BrothelsMy questions about this are mainly political. Such an uplifting story, it seems so good what thefilmmakers did – empowered the children. Is it as simple as that? While they are better off,happier, more hopeful – good – have they also been exploited in ways they can’t understand?They have been made into a media commodity, by and for the relatively powerful West.Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388789/The actual doco: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/born-into-brothels/Images: stills from Born into Brothels

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