Born Into Brothel Theories

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Documentaries provide a vivid, graphic demonstration of their subject matter which inspire their audiences. Obviously, however, not all documentaries impact us in the same manner. A Small Act and Born Into Brothels both can be used to show this. Although both films used themes of the beauty of children and importance of education and focused on one person making a difference in the lives of the children, they documentaries are ultimately diverse. Both documentaries inspire with their messages, but Born Into Brothels is the more touching and enraging of the films. Born Into Brothels follows various children who have become integrated into the debaucherous, twisted world of Calcutta’s Red Light District. Most of the children’s relatives, especially…show more content…
Unlike A Small Act, the viewer becomes more emotionally invested in the children. The plight of the Indian children is emphasized more and realistically, they suffer a greater plight than that of the Kenyan children. Kimani, Ruth, and Caroline have support from their families and in general from the community, but the Brothel children do not have encouragement to look for better opportunities from their families or the others around them. Their only source of hope is Zana and their photography which is their form of catharsis. Kimani, Ruth, and Caroline are all given opportunities to go to secondary school, but again this is not true of the Indiana children. Although the kids were disadvantaged, they all received what would be called a “happy ending”, but this did not happen for the children of Calcutta. Many of the children were placed in boarding school, but were taken out for one reason or another because of their parents. A Small Act had its disappointing moments and Born Into Brothels was even more disheartening, but at this, I became the most frustrated. Zana and her crew had gone through so much strife to get the children into the school, an institution they thirsted to be in, but for no real reason, the parents removed them and stripped them of the most precious thing in the world, education. I tried to justify the parents discouraging their kids from succeeding because maybe they thought the children would never amount to anything, not because the children were not talented, but because of they were offsprings of prostitutes and people of a low caste standing. Limiting the children in this fashion is still wrong, but at least it made some kind of sense. However, the children were
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