Thursday, September 22, 2005

A Childhood saved is more than a life saved.
I watched "Born into Brothels" today. The documentary directed by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman chronicles their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. Brilliantly filmed, the movie leaves one with a heavy heart. The innocence and the smiles of the kids who grow up in those squalid environments belie their knowledge that their lives would in all likelihood be a repetition of the lives of their parents. Yet they appear happy and curious as everyother normal kid. It leaves me with anguish over the enormous loss of human potential due to economic and social injustice. How can we let a community like Sonagchi exist and still put forward claims to be a developing nation?
The directors could have made this a sad and detailed documentary about this red light slum, but instead they chose to recogonize its nature but focus on the innocence of the children and hope that could be offered to them. An Excellent film. Do watch it if ever possible, Think over it and Act. People get cowed when they think of the numbers and the magnitude of the task. Forget the numbers...Save just one life. Each of us saving one life, just one each...may be this world would turn out to be a better place to live.
Just one life each....Just one !


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