October 20, 2005

Born Into Brothels

Born into Brothels is a documentary that's won a lot of awards, but after watching it, I think those awards are rewarding the subject matter rather than the film itself. The film is about a bunch of kids growing up in the red light district of Calcutta, and the film directors' attempts to get them an education. Unfortunately, a great deal of the film watches like home videos, while the remainder is kind of boring fly-on-the-wall type storytelling.

One aspect of the film I found a bit strange was how similar the leave-taking of the children from their families was to the removal of children from Vietnam for adoption in the U.S. (see Daughter from Danang). An outside do-gooder white woman, who isn't necessary welcomed by the families involved, convinces the children to leave for a better life. Granted, most everyone would agree that going to boarding school is better than base manual labor or prostitution. But I think it is telling that eventually all of the children left the boarding school, or their parents removed them from the boarding school. Except for the one boy who became sort of famous, and the one girl who wasn't even sad to leave home knowing she wouldn't see her family or friends anymore.

Posted by josuah at October 20, 2005 6:00 AM UTC+00:00

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