French with English Subtitles
For International Sex Workers' Day, Collective and SCOT-PEP present the documentary Les Prostituées de Lyon Parlent (The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak) followed by a discussion with activists and academics from the sex workers rights movement.
The film was made on 2 June 1975 during the occupation of Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon by 200 sex workers' protesting violence and exploitative living conditions. Director Carole Roussopoulous and collective Vidéo Out used video from inside the church to create a collective portrait of the women and broadcast their demands directly onto the street outside, enabling sex workers to speak in public space without fear of arrest.
The occupation marks a key moment in the sex worker rights movement and was formative to the inauguration of many of the first sex worker-led organisations in Europe. Since 1976 the occupation has been observed annually as International Sex Workers Day, honouring the fight for better working conditions by and for sex workers.
Les prostituées de Lyon parlent Carole Roussopoulos • France 1975 • 46m • Digital • French with English subtitles
The film and discussion is part of REPRODUCTION: a summer school taking place at Collective from 2 – 6 June 2019.
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