The 2nd of June is the International Day for Sex Workers’ Rights. All over the world, sex workers are facing a variety of problems: Their work is not fully accepted due to taboos, discrimination, police harassment, ostracism. Sometimes, their access to health and social services is denied. We take this day as an occasion to show some international short films, that partly where made in the sex workers’ movements. The selection includes:
(DK 2007, Ditte Haarløv Johnsen, 30 min).
Intimate close-ups conceal faces but reveal sordid circumstances in ONE DAY, a complex short about a 36-year-old Ghanaian prostitute who earns a living in a suburb of Copenhagen. The camera captures her body infragments, discrete and respectful, using close-ups that never reveal her entire face. Just a day in her life.
THE SEX WORKERS’ WORLD CUP
(Germany 2010, Chawla/Schäfer/Wiese, 30 min).
Just before the World Cup 2006, Germany was overrun by the rumor that 40.000 women were going to be trafficked into Germany for ‘forced prostitution’. This short film tracks how this discourse came into being, and what the realities were for sex workers during the games.
Most films are shown in English or with English subtitles.
venue: Metropolis Kino, Steindamm 52/54, Hamburg
date: June 10th, 2010