Born Into Brothels


Documentary photographer Zana Briski journeyed into Calcutta's underworld to photograph the city's prostitutes. In return, she offered to teach the prostitutes' children the basics of photography so that the kids could document their own lives on the streets of one of the world's poorest cities. The resulting photographs, often astonishing, were exhibited around the world; many of them are seen in this film, which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2005.

Action Steps


1. TELL YOUR FRIENDS to see FED UP in theaters starting May 9th!

2. BRING THE CURRICULUM for FED UP to a school near you by making an introduction between an administrator and REACT to FILM.

3. GO SUGAR FREE FOR 10 DAYS to engage in the Fed Up Challenge. Ask your family, co-workers, students, and friends to join you. Share your daily feelings, process, and discoveries by tagging #FedUpChallenge on Social Media.

4. WRITE A LETTER to the PTA President, School Principal, and head of the cafeteria at a school in your community, requesting healthy alternatives in the lunchroom.

5. SUPPORT OR START A COMMUNITY GARDEN. For ideas check out The Edible Schoolyard Project founded by Alice Waters.

6. URGE COMPANIES TO STOP MARKETING JUNK FOOD TO KIDS. The majority of food ads on television that are marketed to children are for unhealthy foods. Get involved through the Food Marketing Workgroup.

Gabriel Zimmer