Documentary 'Born into Brothels' to be shown Nov. 9 at Beaver campus

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the Academy-Award winning documentary, "Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids," at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the auditorium of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The film, which is the second in Beaver’s 2011-12 Global Film Series, traces the lives of children born to prostitutes in poverty-stricken areas of Calcutta, India.
Filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman entered Calcutta’s red light district to provide a view of daily life for prostitutes and their children. Briski and Kauffman connected with the children by showing them how to use photography to bring their daily existence into focus. Throughout the documentary, the children interact with both eager and reluctant camera subjects and become adept at showing all aspects of their lives.

The film received the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In addition, it has received numerous awards from a variety of sources, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Directors Guild of America, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Bangkok International Film Festival.

The Global Film Series, which is sponsored by the campus Diversity Committee, is designed to expand participants’ world view about global themes, including politics, religion, morality, culture, and racism to aid in deepening understanding of other cultures.

For information about the event or the Diversity Committee, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.

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Last Updated November 07, 2011