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SFA to present screening of 'Born Into Brothels'

February 27, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - As part of its monthly film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will present a free one-night screening of "Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids" at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.

The 85-minute Academy Award-winning film documents the journey of photographer Zana Briski and the children of Calcutta prostitutes. Briski gives the children cameras and teaches them to take pictures, helping them view their world with new eyes and find beauty in unlikely places.

Notable among the film's awards are Best Documentary at the 2005 Academy Awards, the Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.

Bengali and English are spoken in the film, but English subtitles are included. The film is rated R for strong language.

During intermission, viewers can participate in raffles for the movie's soundtrack and a book of photographs taken by the children in the film.

The screening is sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.