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March 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
As a British filmmaker claimed the Oscar for best documentary at a swanky Hollywood theater, a group of scrawny children celebrated in a dank and dingy room in Calcutta's notorious red light district. "We are so happy our Auntie Zana has won the award," said Puja, 14, as film director Zana Briski received the Academy Award for "Born Into Brothels," a portrayal of life on the streets for the children of prostitutes in Calcutta's teeming Sonagachi district.
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March 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
As a British filmmaker claimed the Oscar for best documentary at a swanky Hollywood theater, a group of scrawny children celebrated in a dank and dingy room in Calcutta's notorious red light district. "We are so happy our Auntie Zana has won the award," said Puja, 14, as film director Zana Briski received the Academy Award for "Born Into Brothels," a portrayal of life on the streets for the children of prostitutes in Calcutta's teeming Sonagachi district.
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January 28, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Born Into Brothels" shatters expectations and confounds preconceptions. A documentary that changed the lives both of subjects and filmmakers, it will reorder the worldview of whoever sees it. Seven years in the making, it demands to be experienced not just because of the good it does but because of how unexpectedly good, even buoyant, it makes you feel. "Buoyant" is not a word likely to be attached to anything connected to the tawdry, dehumanizing brothels of India's Calcutta.
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February 28, 2005 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
The Academy Award for best documentary was given Sunday to "Born Into Brothels," a socially conscious story about the offspring of prostitutes in Calcutta's red-light district that includes shots taken by the children themselves with still cameras. "We thank the kids; they're watching in Calcutta," director Zana Briski said while accepting the award with co-director Ross Kauffman. It was the directorial debut for both. The alternately despairing and hopeful "Brothels" is the rare documentary in which the filmmakers get involved in the lives of the subjects, as the directors worked to educate the children and keep them from following their mothers into sex work.
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February 28, 2005 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
The Academy Award for best documentary was given Sunday to "Born Into Brothels," a socially conscious story about the offspring of prostitutes in Calcutta's red-light district that includes shots taken by the children themselves with still cameras. "We thank the kids; they're watching in Calcutta," director Zana Briski said while accepting the award with co-director Ross Kauffman. It was the directorial debut for both. The alternately despairing and hopeful "Brothels" is the rare documentary in which the filmmakers get involved in the lives of the subjects, as the directors worked to educate the children and keep them from following their mothers into sex work.
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January 9, 2005 | John Clark, Special to The Times
If ever a filmmaker deserved to be in her own movie, it would be Zana Briski. During the seven years it took to make her documentary, "Born Into Brothels," she spent more than three of them living in a Calcutta brothel, taught the children of prostitutes the rudiments of photography, and even helped place some of these children in schools. She crossed the line between reporter and participant, albeit reluctantly. She didn't even particularly like the place.
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February 28, 2005
BEST PICTURE "Million Dollar Baby" ACTOR Jamie Foxx "Ray" ACTRESS Hilary Swank "Million Dollar Baby" SUPPORTING ACTOR Morgan Freeman "Million Dollar Baby" SUPPORTING ACTRESS Cate Blanchett "The Aviator" DIRECTOR Clint Eastwood "Million Dollar Baby" ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor "Sideways" ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Charlie Kaufman (screenplay); Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth (story) "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" ANIMATED FEATURE FILM "The Incredibles" FOREIGN
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December 17, 2004
"Coach Carter," based on the experiences of a high school basketball coach who led a team of disadvantaged teens from zero to heroes, will raise the curtain on this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival, which will run Jan. 6 to 16, boasts several Oscar contenders in the foreign language and documentary categories, as well as some movies that have not yet played in theaters. "Coach Carter" stars Samuel L.
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February 27, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The IFP Independent Spirit Awards raised a glass to "Sideways" on Saturday with six major awards: best feature, director, screenplay, actor, supporting actor and supporting actress. The dark, acerbic comedy about two losers on a road trip to the Santa Barbara wine country has received the majority of the 2004 best picture accolades from critics' groups, and won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical.
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December 12, 2004 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"Sideways," Alexander Payne's astute comedy-drama about two male friends who take a trip to the Santa Barbara wine country, was voted Saturday as best picture of 2004 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. The film was the big winner with the critics' group, taking home five major awards. Payne was recognized as best director and shared the best screenplay award with collaborator Jim Taylor.
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January 28, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Born Into Brothels" shatters expectations and confounds preconceptions. A documentary that changed the lives both of subjects and filmmakers, it will reorder the worldview of whoever sees it. Seven years in the making, it demands to be experienced not just because of the good it does but because of how unexpectedly good, even buoyant, it makes you feel. "Buoyant" is not a word likely to be attached to anything connected to the tawdry, dehumanizing brothels of India's Calcutta.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2005 | John Clark, Special to The Times
If ever a filmmaker deserved to be in her own movie, it would be Zana Briski. During the seven years it took to make her documentary, "Born Into Brothels," she spent more than three of them living in a Calcutta brothel, taught the children of prostitutes the rudiments of photography, and even helped place some of these children in schools. She crossed the line between reporter and participant, albeit reluctantly. She didn't even particularly like the place.
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January 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
The high-tech thriller "Primer," about two get-rich-quick inventors whose time-travel device complicates their lives, won the top dramatic honor at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night. Sundance jurors gave the documentary grand prize to "DiG!," director Ondi Timoner's portrait of the friendship and rivalry between musicians Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor of the Dandy Warhols.
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February 28, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
The 5,800 or so members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences care about two things: impeccable craftsmanship and heart-rending emotion. They respect the former, but they out and out love the latter. Which is how "The Aviator" won five Academy Awards but "Million Dollar Baby" walked off with four of the biggest ones, including best director and best picture.
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