“In ‘Born into Brothels,’ the filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman visited Calcutta’s squalid red-light district and befriended the often talented, attractive children of prostitutes. Ms. Briski, a professional photographer, gave the children cameras and photography instruction, took them on field trips to the zoo and to the ocean, and arranged an international exhibition of their work. Ultimately, she tried to arrange for as many as possible to attend private boarding schools, their only hope of a better life. Some make it; others don’t.”
The 2004 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will be soon underway at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center. Tickets: $10; students, $7; 65+ and ages 6 to 12, $5 at weekday matinees. Screening times and other information: (212) 875-5600 or www.filmlinc.com. The New York Times today published a review today.