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  • Summary: This documentary is an inspiring look at the transformative journey of a group of extraordinary children in Calcutta's red light district. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 90
    Creates such memorable images out of squalid surroundings that I sometimes wondered whether I was being distracted from the devastating stories of these kids by the beautiful cinematography.
  2. But as cynical as I may have been going in, I came out a believer.
  3. Doesn't just bring you to the edge of the hopeless zone, it takes you right into its homes where the children play.
  4. 75
    Briski, a New York photographer, spent several years with the pre-teens. But she did more than just film them -- she tried to help them.
  5. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    70
    The brightest facet of the movie is that even as they face oppressive conditions they still persist with joy.
  6. Designed to be "inspirational," yet it shortchanges the complex reality of the lives it makes such a show of saving.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14