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I recently stumbled upon this brilliant, hard-hitting documentary film from 2004, providing a stunning examination of the lives of several children's lives in the red light district of Calcutta, India. These children are part of a non-profit, Kids With Cameras, that teaches the art of 35mm photography to impoverished children (example above). The beauty in the film is the trust demonstrated by the children and their families with the film crew and the teacher/photographer, Zana Briski, that is so important in capturing the essence of a subject. Life in the slums isdirty, crowded, and very fast-paced, but learning photography invigorated the children anew with hope and faith. I definitely recommend this movie, especially if you enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire.
**Critical acclaim extends from several film festivals, as well as a 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
**Check IFC.com for local listings.