The born into brothels is an American-Indian movie produced in 2004 and talks about children of prostitutes in Calcutta red light district. It has brought out various aspects of Indian cultures and beliefs.
The movie from the start uses Indian motifs in its music to reflect on Indian culture and people. The Indian cultures are manifested in the film through the use of nose ring by the women, and the children are wearing spot on their heads. The limited space and tiny rooms packed with the kids also show another Indian practice which is common and the kind of clothes the kids wear which are torn and tattered means shows the poor side of the Indians. The moral standards of the participants were shallow, and they experienced language barriers though English and Bengali language were spoken throughout (Kauffman, Ross, Zana Briski, and Raymond Fowler).
The use of television, cameras, and computers showed a wider gap between rich and poor people in India. There is a lack of water and electricity in childrens homes; the parents lacked money to sustain their families who made them engage in prostitution.
The characters in this movie rarely touched on the Hinduism. However, the monotheistic and polytheistic sects are dominant in the area of Calcutta (Kauffman, Ross, Zana Briski, and Raymond Fowler). The quote from Avijit showed that no one seemed to have hope in the community that is why they were very void of Hindu religion and Indian beliefs. The children had no control over their purity because they only believed they were raised to go into sex slave industry. They did not have enough Hindu religious teachings which made the missionaries to teach them using the Christian religion to an extent.
The activities of the children and the other participants in this movie are against Dharma. The prostitution which is practiced by the childrens parents is against the virtues and teachings of the Dharma. This is because it makes the children adopt that behavior which will impact on their lives negatively. The rich engaged in human trafficking for sexual benefits through taking advantage of the parents of the poor children who were looking for money to sustain their families.
The prostitution done by the parents demonstrated that the children destiny is not favorable in the future. Community members have lost hope in their lives. Thus they have abandoned their religion and beliefs because of the high level of poverty. According to the movie, the children had been tormented by their prostitute mothers and stepfathers and were forced to do many labor work at their younger age (Kauffman, Ross, Zana Briski, and Raymond Fowler). This put their fate in jeopardy. However, through Zana, their fate seems to be bright because they have started education and camera work as the videos show how they enjoy themselves using cameras which create a feeling of joy and hope.
Reincarnation is seen where the photojournalist Zana Briski is helping children to overcome the challenges they face and use education to change their prostitution activities. The kids future has been completely changed since many have joined high schools and universities in India and have found jobs and opportunities outside prostitution. The children with cameras have continued to improve the lives of children from Calcutta red light district with the intention to build a Hope House (Kauffman, Ross, Zana Briski, and Raymond Fowler). The movie helped to spread awareness about the poor living conditions of this red light area.
Kauffman, Ross, Zana Briski, and Raymond D. Fowler. "Born Into Brothels." Psyccritiques 50.30 (2005).
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