I can only briefly comment on the actual documentary as I have not yet bought the DVD:
I had not expected to feel touched and mesmerised by this film, especially considering that before, I had been ignorant and felt indifferent towards India and its culture. Zana Briski, the brain behind the camera, accidently fell upon the harsh realities of children born into the red light district and, witnessing the enthusiasm of some of these children towards her camera, gave 10 children each a point-and-shoot camera.
The film documents the lives of the children, Briski's attempt to gain them school places and their photographs which, surprisingly, turn out to be poignant and attentive pieces of art.
These impoverished children, far from envoking just pity, have inspired and uplifted many audiences of this film. The ending notes, however, will sadden some of you who expect a 'technicolour-Hollywood' ending. Unfortunately, the socio-economic stigma of these children just doesn't seem to want to release itself.