From “Born into Brothels” to NYU

Months ago, I came across the documentary Born into Brothels by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, that followed the lives of eight children born to sex workers in the red light district of Calcutta, India. Zana Briski, a New York photographer, started a program during the documentary called Children with Cameras, that allowed the children the opportunity to use photography as a way see the world in a new light.

At the film’s end, one of the boys, Avijit Halder, had truly developed a gift for photography and seemed set, with help of Kids with Cameras and his own talent, to be able to get out of the brothel. Today, I came across an article about Avijit Halder, now age 20, and found out that with financial help from Kids with Cameras and a grant from NYU he is now pursuing his degree at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

In Avijit’s own words: “Born into Brothels changed my life. In 2005, I watched the film for the first time, after it had won the Oscar. And it was the most memorable day of my life. It was for the first time I realised that I had a voice and people want to know about my life story.”

Check out his latest work in film below:

I also found a website where you can buy postcards and artwork taken by the kids to support their education and to help more kids like them get the chance to see life outside the brothels of Calcutta! Check out the link:


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