If You’ve Seen Born into Brothels

… then I suspect this will boggle your mind. It boggled mind.

Picture this.

As a British-born filmmaker swept up the red carpet in Hollywood’s swanky Kodak Theatre to receive an Oscar for best documentary film, half a world away in a dank and dingy room in Calcutta’s notorious red light district, a group of scrawny children excitedly watched the awards ceremony on television.

“We are so happy our Auntie Zana has won the award,” said Puja, 14, as film director Zana Briski walked up to receive the Oscar for “Born Into Brothels,” a portrayal of life on the streets for the children of prostitutes of Calcutta’s teeming Sonagachi district.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

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    Jeff. I’ve never commented before, but I check in every couple of days to see what you are writting about. I’m a big Mark Helprin fan. I too am looking forward to the new novel. Spred the word.


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