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Zana Briski and the KWC picks up Oscar nomination
Cameron Sinclair, 25 Jan 05

A huge congratulations to Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman who were nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar for the film Born into Brothels.

Ross and Zana are traveling in India and visiting the children in the film when they heard the news and are "pleasantly shocked."

Following the success of Born into Brothels, photographer and Kids with Cameras founder Zana Briski is mounting a campaign to provide a combined sustainable educational and residential facility for the children whose lives were touched by the workshops, and for children like them around the world. Starting this year working in partnership with the Kids With Cameras Foundation, Architecture for Humanity and architecture students from Montana State University-Bozeman will be developing plans and schemes for the facility.

The KWC School of Leadership and the Arts will operate under the principles of leadership, compassion, wisdom and artistic exploration. The Home and School will provide a safe space for learning and expression, away from the dangers and degradation of the city's red light district. It's aim is to empower the city's forgotten children by encouraging rigorous academic excellence, leadership qualities, participation in sports activities and studies of the arts. It will promote unity, social inclusion and environmental responsibility, and provide an educational and cultural framework for children to change their own circumstances.

(previously reported on WC)

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