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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
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  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
    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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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. Dee
    Mar 14, 2006
    Its one of the best documentaries that not only touch your heart, but lite you up to bring your potential to something for the people. Its an eye-opener, I had never thought about those kids before! Now I am ready to adopt one of them. Expand
  2. PaulF.
    Sep 6, 2005
    Great documentary, a little slow though with an aburt ending. The children were magnificent, playful and full of life. My favorite scene is of them dancing on the bus shot with grainy film. The tales were harrowing to say the least. The issue of their mothers being Prostitutes was not what bothered me but it was the poverty, drug addiction, forced labor, child prostitution, slavery, pimping & murder (which the law turned a blind eye to) that bothered me. The caste system seems still to be in effect. But on a up note it was nice to see someone spend so much effort to try to help these kids out of an utterly desperate situation. And in the end some of them did seem like they really had a chance for a better life. Expand
  3. FrankO.
    Jan 9, 2006
    Well constructed, did not want to care about this subject but director pulled me in through introduction of kids.
  4. toms.
    Dec 21, 2005
    Moving and extraordinary.

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