I’ve just seen the documentary “Born into Brothels”. I was drawn to the documentary due to its angle on the use of cameras, and I like taking photos!
The documentary is about photographer Zana Briski and her efforts with the children of prostitutes in Kolkata (Calcutta), how she befriended them, and how their lives were affected when Zana gave a camera to each of the kids.
It’s inspirational, sad and heart-warming. I definitely recommend that you purchase the DVD which shows the actual documentary plus the follow-up with the kids three years later.
Some people have accused Zana of using this documentary as a vehicle to further her own personal ambitions. Others have stated that her efforts were miniscule and didn’t really attempt to solve the real problems that the kids faced. And others have also condemned this film because they believe that it was undeserving for being an Academy Awards winner.
But don’t let these criticisms deflect you. These are pure distractions. Go get the DVD and enjoy seeing a small part of the kids’ lives.