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Film Festival Offers Free Screening of 'Born Into Brothels'

March 15, 2006 -- The Fourth Annual Human Rights Film Festival at Mount Saint Mary’s University continues at 7 p.m. April 4 with a free public screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary film “Born Into Brothels” at the Chalon Campus Little Theater, 12001 Chalon Road in Brentwood.

The film festival is organized by the College’s Documentary Film and Social Justice Program. As part of the Documentary Film program’s ongoing advocacy work, the festival also is planning a panel of guest speakers to discuss the film’s issues in more detail at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chalon Campus. More details on the panel will be coming soon.

“Born into Brothels,” by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, was the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes. More information about the film: http://kids-with-cameras.org/bornintobrothels/.

For more information about the College’s Documentary Film and Social Justice program, please visit the Web site at: /pages/191.asp.

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