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 children created their own photographs with point-and-shoot 35 mm cameras. Their images capture the intimacy and colour of everyday life in the overpopulated sections of Calcutta.
Devoted as Briski and Kauffman are to their dream, they remain realistic and document an element of life in a third world country that is illuminating. This is a touching film without being maudlin, beautiful without ignoring reality.
This screening is part of our month long celebration of East London Photography Month. Please check out our website for full information on the other workshops, exhibitions, talks and other screenings that will be taking place at the venue.