Tricks of the Trade: True/False Portraits of Sex Work

March 1st 2017 - March 29th 2017

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"The films in this series attempt to eschew the usual trappings of sex work as portrayed in cinema (especially narrative cinema) by a adopting a neutral documentary-style approach, even as they all contain staged elements. Each film is, to varying extents, a hybrid of the two forms. The filmmakers adopt a non-judgmental (or sympathetic) view of sex workers even as they may define sex work itself as a symptom of larger forces of inequality within patriarchy, capitalism or communism. Each film is the result of active collaboration with their subjects (and, in some cases, their clients), and are predicated on an extraordinary level of access. While some of the films contain scenes of graphic sexuality, they are either neutral or aggressively anti-erotic, although the extent to which they may or may not be considered exploitative is a complex question which must ultimately be left to the viewer." —Spectacle

Past Screenings

  • Prostitute
    Tony Garnett198194 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Wednesday Mar 110:00pm
      • Friday Mar 1010:00pm
      • Thursday Mar 1610:00pm
      • Monday Mar 2010:00pm
  • Karaoke Girl
    Visra Vichit-Vadakan201377 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Thursday Mar 27:30pm
      • Saturday Mar 1110:00pm
      • Wednesday Mar 157:30pm
      • Tuesday Mar 217:30pm
      • Sunday Mar 265:00pm
  • K (A Film About Prostitution)
    György Dobray198985 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Thursday Mar 210:00pm
      • Tuesday Mar 1410:00pm
      • Saturday Mar 1810:00pm
      • Wednesday Mar 297:30pm
  • Whore's Glory
    Michael Glawogger2011115 minDigital Video
    • Spectacle
      • Tuesday Mar 710:00pm
      • Monday Mar 137:30pm
      • Friday Mar 177:30pm
      • Thursday Mar 2310:00pm