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Calcutta’s red light kids subject of documentary

The International Wednesdays documentary series presents the Oscar-winning feature Born Into Brothels, today at noon in the International Student Centre on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

The most stigmatized people in Sonagachi—the red light district in the Indian city of Calcutta—are not the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty, abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping their mother's fate or for creating another type of life. Yet these children of prostitutes embark on a transformational journey.

Born Into Brothels—directed by Ross Kauffman and Zana Brisk—won the 2004 Academy Award for best feature documentary.

International Wednesdays screenings are free and open to the public.