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Child and Youth Studies
Kevin O' Neill

CHYS2P38 LECTURE 11: Monday, March 24th, 2014 Children, Youth & Society ­ Born into Brothels (2004) 1 hour and 23 minutes - Describe the 8 main child characters in the film. What role does each child play in their family? - Why does Zana Briski plan to save these children? Do you think the methods she adopts are effective? - What factors conspire to prevent the success of Briski’s plan? - Is Briski’s plan ethical? Summary : Born Into Brothels is a documentary about the inspiring non-profit foundation Kids With Cameras, which teaches photography skills to children in marginalized communities. In 1998, New York-based photographer Zana Briski started photographing prostitutes in the red- light district of Calcutta. She eventually developed a relationship with their children, who were fascinated by her equipment. After several years of learning in workshops with Briski, the kids created their own photographs with point-and-shoot 35 mm cameras. Their images capture the intimacy and color of everyday life in the overpopulated sections of Calcutta. Proceeds from the sale of the children's photographs go to fund their future education. Directed by Briski and filmmaker Ross Kauffman, Born Into Brothels was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the documentar
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