A tale as heartbreaking as any, the 2004 Oscar-winning documentary Born into Brothels shed light on the difficulties faced by female sex workers and their children in poverty-stricken Calcutta. In order to encourage a passion for art and learning in the children, the filmmakers armed the kids with cameras so that they could capture their lives on film. At the end of the documentary, one of the boys, Avijit Halder, was invited to participate in a photo contest in Amsterdam. It turns out that Avijit, now 20, has emerged from his troubled family life to attend Tisch for film studies. A BBC article reports that the boy, whose mother died when he was in his teens and whose father was a drug addict, has overcome the harsh struggles of his childhood and built a new life for himself at NYU. Pretty powerful stuff.
By Jessica Roy on February 8th, 2010