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CineMonday Kick-off!

Welcome to CineMonday! This is my new weekly feature where I highlight and review a movie that I have either recently seen or an old favorite that I recommend you see. I will be reviewing movies of all kinds, so hopefully you will be inspired to watch movies outside of your proverbial “box.” There will be romantic comedies, yes, but I will also review documentaries, foreign films, horror, drama, and pretty much anything else that happens to come my way.

Every once in awhile, I will post a “U-Pick CineMonday” opportunity, where you will advise me which movie to watch and review. This is your chance to direct me to something that maybe you would like to see but haven’t yet, or perhaps one of your all-time favorites.

The first movie in the CineMonday series is Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a documentary. This film won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2005. This movie is rated R.

The story takes place in Calcutta, India, where a young woman is teaching photography to a group of children who live in the brothels of the Red Light District. The film brings you right into the brothels themselves, and while it is fascinating, it ain’t pretty.

Warning: This is definitely not a movie to watch with your children, as there is profanity, sex and drug references.

I found Born into Brothels very interesting and especially touching, especially when you see the beautiful pictures that the children take of their surroundings.

Puja, by Manik.  Photo from Kids With Cameras

Puja, by Manik. Photo from Kids With Cameras

I recommend this movie–I give it four stars out of five.

Visit http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/home/ for a curriculum guide and information, as well as updates on the children themselves.

Please leave me a comment if you’ve seen the movie or, if you plan to see it, come back and let me know what you thought. Happy viewing!

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