Born Into Brothels

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Buyers' Choice Realty

I just watched an extraordinary documentary called "Born Into Brothels".   Filmed in the miserable red-light  district of Calcutta, India, the movie follows a group of children born and raised by their prostitute mothers and grandmothers.  Directors Zana Brinski and Ross Kauffman chronicle the amazing transformation of these children as they discover hopeby being given cameras and photography lessons taught by the loving Zana Brinski. 

The movie is both disturbing and inspirational and at times very painful to watch - seeing a barefooted, naked, two year old shackled and chained to a stone threshold, was a bit more than I could take.   At the end, I was both hungry for more information about those children and the humanitarian programs involved in helping a few of those kids escape a future of "working the line" (prostitution).

When feeling sorry for yourself, please just watch this movie!  The loveliness of these incredible kids will both uplift you AND make you realize just how lucky you are, even if, before the movie you thought that your life sucked.

This movie is NOT about sexual child abuse.  It is simply about stoically accepting one's fate and grappling with the limitations of a life filled with hardship and misery, and the ability to transcend those imposed bounds.  This movie is about the amazing human spirit; it's about resilience, love and most of all, it's about HOPE.

Your Myrtle Beach Real Estate Connection, Mirela Monte       Join The Optimist Group!

 

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This is definitely a painful movie to watch, but well worth it. 

April 16, 2008 01:53 PM
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Bryant Tutas
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Mirela, I watched this about a month ago and found it to be fascinating!! The children had an incredible desire to better themselves against all odds. The odds being their mothers!!! I wanted to reach through the screen and knock some sense into these "moms". Incredible and heart breaking. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
April 16, 2008 05:07 PM
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Interesting subject.  Thanks for posting a link to the movie.  I'll watch it this weekend.
April 18, 2008 12:23 PM
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George Tallabas
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My friend...you are much stronger than I am.  I cannot watch children being hurt or abused in any way.  It hurts me too much and I would be in tears.   Take care my friend and have a good weekend.
April 19, 2008 09:46 AM
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Mirela Monte
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George, I know what you mean.  I can not read, or watch anything evil. 

This movie is not about evil.  It's about suffering.  By being aware of it, we can become pro-active and work to effect change.  It is in that spirit that I posted this blog. 

The movie is about hope, magnanimity and the human spirit's resilience.  The pain revealed in the movie moved me to action.  I'm hoping that becoming aware of this situation moves other Rainers to do the same...

 

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