Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids – by Joyce

‘Born into Brothels’ is one of my all-time favorite movies, to be exact a documentary one which the lives of a group of children whose parents are sex workers in Sonagachi, Calcutta.

The place is one of what is considered the poorest and dodgiest districts in India, with all things illegal including prostitution and drug dealing.

「Born into Brothels(未来を写した子どもたち)」は私の一押し映画のひとつです。


A young photographer from New York went there and she tried to help them get out of the brothels by teaching them photography, consequently using the funds raised through the photographs taken by these kids to put them in boarding schools.

ニューヨーク出身の、ある若い女性写真家は彼らに写真の技術を教えることで子どもたちを売春宿から救い出そうとそこへ向かいました。 その写真で得た資金を使用することによって寄宿学校に子どもたちを入れることが出来たらと考えたのです。


I found the film inspiring, yet at the same time saddening because despite the efforts that were put to provide them with education, not long after most of them were withdrawn from the schools by their parents.

Nevertheless, I was amazed by the photographs taken by these children.

Unlike most people in affluent countries who are able to afford high-quality digital cameras of the latest model, all they had was a simple film camera and an eye for the kind of beauty found in the most imperceptible things.














This movie also reminds me of a famous proverb said by Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher: ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’  I am not sure if this kind attempt of sending them to boarding schools a wise decision or wasted efforts, since obviously most of them got back to their old circumstances, but at least it once provided another path for these children in the hope of leading them to a better future.


「授人以魚 不如授人以漁」


Although this movie is not entirely in English, I would recommend this movie to anyone, especially to mothers who want their children to know more about what is happening on the other side of the world.




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