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 departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Menshenfriend

    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.