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American Courtesans is a feature documentary that takes you into the lives of American sex workers. These women discuss with you candidly what brought them to the doors of the sex trade, what they found when they got there, and why they stayed. Follow eleven sex workers through the streets, massage parlors, brothels, and strip clubs to the high rises in New York and the bell captains in Las Vegas. This is a story, a different kind of American story that will leave you speechless. Written by
Powerful, heart breaking and provocative at the same time
I was lucky enough to catch American Courtesans at the Bloody Hero Film Festival in Phoenix Arizona, and although I don't usually write reviews, I decided that on this film I would. I went to the viewing expecting a docudrama with a hard sell for legalization since the film was "from within the industry", or at least that's how it was promoted. However, by the end I had a totally different take on American Courtesans and the escort industry as a whole.
As a woman, I found the film disturbing, but not in a bad way. I found myself thinking back over my life and my struggles and relating to issues these women face. I went home that night, and scenes I saw in the film keep replaying in my head unsettling me. I think what bothered me the most was that after watching American Courtesans, I couldn't believe how brainwashed I had been by traditional media, that loves to hate these women.
The film is a moving piece and people seemed to either love it, or hate it. I saw both people who got up and walked out, uncomfortable with the emotional content (hard to watch as it pulls at your heart strings), and others who sat there crying or with mouths open. It is a film that definitely makes you think and re-evaluate our take on Sex Workers. In fact, it seemed to call in to question quite a few of my beliefs about an industry I thought I knew something about.
The visuals were beautiful and the story was compelling. I found it honest, almost to a fault, candid, and rather selfless as I believe that these women took a large risk speaking out. All in all, this is a much watch film if you want to see a more realistic side of the Sex Industry today.
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