A short season of six films offering insights into the lives of sex workers.
Delivered in partnership with Firefly Leicester Community Interest Company and supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the season aims to raise awareness amongst care professionals and the public of how stigmatised representations of sex workers can have a life-threatening impact upon them.
Following each of the films – three of them Italian, three British – there will be Q&A sessions for the audience to explore stereotypes and prejudices with guest speakers including activists, researchers and former sex workers.
Please see individual films for more details. All films are free and seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thurs 12 Feb 7pm FREE
1987, Terry Jones, UK
Waitress and single mother, Christine struggles to make ends meet. She thus decides first to prostitutes herself and then, with a business-like, practical turn of mind, opens what will become a successful brothel. Inspired by a true story.
Guest speakers: – Stand-up Comedian and former sex worker Miranda Kane and Professor of British Cinema Steve Chibnell (DMU)
ROCCO E I SUOI FRATELLI (ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS)
Thurs 19 Feb 7pm FREE
1960, Luchino Visconti, Italy (subtitled)
A controversial masterpiece. A sterile sense of male honour leads to violence and death. Recently immigrated to Milan from southern Italy, Rocco and his brothers seek a better future when a young disenchanted woman enters their lives.
Guest speaker: Sharon Wood (University of Leicester)
Thurs 26 Feb 7pm FREE
2007, Sam Garbarski, UK, Belgium, France.
Middle-aged Maggie must find a way to get enough money for her grandson’s lifesaving medical treatment. When a ‘Hostess Wanted’ sign catches her eye, Maggie naively stumbles into a city sex club. Shy Maggie has a rough start at ‘Sexy World’, more than just a train ride from her conservative suburb.
Guest speaker: Director of Services at Ugly Mugs and a member of the National Police Working Group on Prostitution Alex Bryce
MATRIMONIO ALL’ITALIANA (MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE)
Thurs 5 March 7pm FREE
1964, Vittorio De Sica, Italy (subtitled)
In Naples, in the Second World War, the businessman Domenico Soriano meets the seventeen years old prostitute Filumena Marturano (Sophia Loren) in a brothel during an allied bombing. Flash forward to the post-war years, and the two meet again, sparking a passionate affair that spans two decades.
Guest speaker: Pia Covre, vice-president of the Committee for Prostitutes Civil Rights, Italy.
Thurs 12 Mar 7pm FREE
2012, Nick Mai, UK.
Normal is creative documentary based on original anthropological research on the relationship between migration, the sex industry and sex trafficking. The film brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen.
Guest speaker: To be confirmed.
LA BOCCA DEL LUPO (THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF)
Thur 19 Mar 7pm FREE
2009, Pietro Marcello, Italy (subtitled)
Multi-award winning Pietro Marcello’s feature documentary unfolds a beautiful love story between Mary and Enzo who have been waiting and wanting each other since they first met behind bars. Set in the Italian port town of Genoa, the film is a tribute to love and to the city.
Guest speaker: Porpora Marcasciano, president of the MIT (Transsexual Identity Movement), and director of Divergenti – Festival Internazionale di Cinema Transessuale, Bologna, Italy
Information via Phoenix & Leicester Red Project
The Leicester Red Project is a six week season that aims to raise awareness around the stereotypical and stigmatizing representations of sex workers. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.leicesterredproject.co.uk/
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