Truth from Kolkata’ Red Light KidsVocab words: documentary, documentary photographyKey names and images: Zana Briski, Partha Banerje, Ross Kauffman, Kidswith Cameras By: Alison, Gabi, and Oriana
Lecture OverviewBackground informationHow the movie/photos promotes awareness of the situation in KolkataVocab wordsInitial motivation for making the documentary and controversy surrounding itNegative criticism, including reviewsPositive criticism, and both sides of the storyPartha Banerjee, the interpreter and what he had to say about thedocumentaryTruth discussionSlide show of Photos
Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.
What is a documentary?And what is documentary photography?
ReviewsBeth AccomandoKPBS.orgThis bond of trust between the filmmakers and their subjects exemplifies the kind of personalinvolvement that many documentary makers are striving for these days.Steven ReaPhiladelphia InquirerBeautifully filmed, and devoid of the kind of patronizing beneficence that First Worlders oftenbring to the Third World.Desson ThomsonWashington PostHeroism can come in subtle forms. This is one of them.Owen GleibermanEntertainment WeeklyBorn Into Brothels is designed to be inspirational, yet it shortchanges the complex reality of thelives it makes such a show of saving.Ed GonzalezSlant MagazineFocuses too much on the production of images and not enough on documenting the worldcontained within them.
Further Responses to the FilmAwards total: 8• 2004 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature – Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman• 2004 Bermuda International Film Festival Audience Choice Award - Briski, Kauffman;Documentary Prize - Briski, Kauffman• 2004 Cleveland International Film Festival Best Film - Briski, Kauffman• 2004 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Audience Award - Briski, Kauffman (tied with WordWars)• 2004 International Documentary Association Award for Feature Documentaries -Briski, Kauffman & Geralyn Dreyfous-White, Pamela Boll (tied with Fahrenheit 9/11)• 2004 National Board of Review Award for Best Documentary Feature – Briski and Kauffman• 2004 Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary -Briski, Kauffman• 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Documentary - KauffmanNominations total: 4• 2005 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement inDocumentary - Briski, Kauffman• 2005 Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture, Documentary• 2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film -Kauffman, Briski• 2004 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Documentary - Kauffman, Briski