Record Details

Catalog Search

Born into brothels Cover Image DVD DVD

Born into brothels [videorecording] / Red Light Films, in association with Thinkfilm and HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films presents ; directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski.

Kauffman, Ross. (Added Author). Briski, Zana. (Added Author). Dreyfous, Geralyn White. (Added Author). Boll, Pamela Tanner. (Added Author). Baker, Nancy. (Added Author). McDowell, John. (Added Author). Red Light Films (Firm) (Added Author). Thinkfilm (Firm) (Added Author). HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films. (Added Author).


While living in the red light district of Calcutta, documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project, giving cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and giving them a means to transform their lives.

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide ([10] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
  • Publisher: [New York] : Thinkfilm, [2005], c2004.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released in 2004.
Special features: director's commentary with Kauffman and Briski; video commentary by the kids watching selected scenes of the film; deleted scenes; "reconnecting" - an update of the kids 3 years later; Kauffman and Briski interview with Charlie Rose; Academy Award acceptance speech; production stills; about Kids with Cameras; theatrical trailer.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Executive producer, Geralyn White Dreyfous ; co-executive producer, Pamela Tanner Boll ; cinematography, Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski ; editors, Nancy Baker and Ross Kauffman ; music by, John McDowell.
Participant or Performer Note:
Featuring Zana Briski.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: R; for some sequences of strong language.
System Details Note:
DVD; Dolby digitial stereo 2.0, Dolby digital surround 5.1.
Language Note:
English and Bengali dialogue with English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Awards Note:
Academy Award winner: Best Documentary Feature.
Subject: Children of prostitutes > India > Kolkata.
Brothels > India > Kolkata.
Prostitution > India > Kolkata.
Kolkata (India) > Social conditions.
Briski, Zana.
Genre: Documentary films.
Films for the hearing impaired.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Swinomish Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Regional Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
La Conner Regional Library DVD BORN 103983 MULTIMEDIA Available -

Additional Resources