I just watched an extraordinary documentary called "Born Into Brothels". Filmed in the miserable red-light district of Calcutta, India, the movie follows a group of children born and raised by their prostitute mothers and grandmothers. Directors Zana Brinski and Ross Kauffman chronicle the amazing transformation of these children as they discover hopeby being given cameras and photography lessons taught by the loving Zana Brinski.
The movie is both disturbing and inspirational and at times very painful to watch - seeing a barefooted, naked, two year old shackled and chained to a stone threshold, was a bit more than I could take. At the end, I was both hungry for more information about those children and the humanitarian programs involved in helping a few of those kids escape a future of "working the line" (prostitution).
When feeling sorry for yourself, please just watch this movie! The loveliness of these incredible kids will both uplift you AND make you realize just how lucky you are, even if, before the movie you thought that your life sucked.
This movie is NOT about sexual child abuse. It is simply about stoically accepting one's fate and grappling with the limitations of a life filled with hardship and misery, and the ability to transcend those imposed bounds. This movie is about the amazing human spirit; it's about resilience, love and most of all, it's about HOPE.