It Started as a Photography Project but Became a Crusade to Save the Children of Calcutta’s Prostitutes

March 7, 2017 – St. George, UT –In the dark underworld of Calcutta’s overcrowded red light district appear a group of unforgettable children. Feisty, courageous, and wickedly funny—they are the children of prostitutes. The Oscar winning film, Born Into Brothels, portrays the resilience of children and the magic of art to transform life for young people living in the brothels. DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC now brings this remarkable story of adversity and redemption to The Electric Theater on April 28, at 7 P.M. and will be hosted by Executive Producer, Geralyn Dreyfous. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required and may be made at docutah.com.

Roger Ebert, said of this about the film, “Zana Briski, an American photographer, and Ross Kauffman, her collaborator, went to Calcutta to film prostitution and found that it melted out of sight as they appeared. It was all around them, it put them in danger, but it was invisible to their camera. What they did see were the children, because the kids of the district followed the visitors, fascinated. Briski hit upon the idea of giving cameras to these children of prostitutes, and asking them to take photos of the world in which they lived.”

Zana Auntie,” as the children call her, is determined to use photography to provide the children with an opportunity for higher education, hope and a better life. She gives each child a camera and teaches them the basics of photography. The children, literally born into the brothels, are able to capture elements of life in the Red Light District that outsiders cannot.

Avijit Halder, one of the boys who participated, had his life totally transformed by the experience. “I wouldn’t be the person I am if it weren’t for Born into Brothels,”

“The resulting photographs taken by these children of Calcutta’s underworld are astonishing in their clarity and artistic vision and have been exhibited all over the world,” said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director of The DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC and the newly opened DSU Film Studios. “The resulting opportunities afforded to these children because of their talent and the filmmakers’ vision will bring audiences to tears. The film will help people understand that there are many innovative ways to approach problems and improve the human condition.”

Geralyn Dreyfous will be on hand to answer questions from the audience about the amazing journey of both the filmmakers and their young students.”

DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
The 2017 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is held at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah. Submissions for the 2017 festival are now open. The 2017 Festival runs from September 4-9 and includes filmmaker chats and gala events, all within the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah’s red rock country.

About DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
DOCUTAH celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking, connecting Dixie State University and our community to the world. DOCUTAH offers a unique, entertaining International Documentary Film Festival and year-round programs including DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC providing creative, cultural, and educational engagement.