Reality (Re-)Visited : Children of Prostitutes in "Born into Brothels"

Faculty/Professorship: English Literary Studies  
Author(s): Chowdhury, Touhid Ahmed  
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2021
Pages: 125-137
Source/Other editions: European Journal of Literary Studies, 2 (2020) 2, S. 125-137.
Year of first publication: 2020
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.20378/irb-49199
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY - Attribution 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-491992
The human quest for securing, recording, and preserving memories of reality lead to the invention of motion pictures, which then gave birth to documentary films. Documentary filmmaking has radically evolved in recent years. Capturing reality come into scrutiny as more and more technological development allows the documentary filmmakers to design and articulate reality more subjectively than ever before. "Born Into Brothels" is a film about real people from the red light districts of Calcutta. Poverty and disease are two common phenomena of the people who live in Sonagachi, Calcutta’s red-light district. Another name of the documentary, "Calcutta’s Red Light Kids," skillfully turns audience’s focus on the children of the brothels from Calcutta, which in a way, establishes that this film is about kids and not prostitution. The fact that "Born Into Brothels" is about children of prostitutes and not about prostitution makes it an intriguing example in analyzing the presented “reality” as well as the filmmakers’ perspectives. This article intends to investigate specific filmic and editorial techniques that documentary filmmakers use in articulating the inevitable reality of society. This article argues that "Born Into Brothels" tries to invoke humanitarian awareness among the audience and in a broader sense into society.
SWD Keywords: Kalkutta ; Prostituierte ; Kind ; Dokumentarfilm; Filmgestaltung; Erzählperspektive
Keywords: documentary, reality, brothels, children, Calcutta
DDC Classification: 791 Public performance, film & broadcast  
RVK Classification: AP 59800   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Document Type: Article
Release Date: 22. January 2021

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