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Ouwehoeren (2011)

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A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years.
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Louise Fokkens ... Herself
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Sisters doing it for themselves in Amsterdam's Red Light District. Louise and Martine Fokkens are identical twins. For over fifty years they were working as prostitutes. They freed themselves from the control of their pimps, ran their own brothel, and set up the first informal trade union for prostitutes. They are familiar faces in Amsterdam's Red Light District, but soon they will bid their farewells. The Ladies Fokkens is a portrait of these remarkable women, as well as a history of the Red Light District over the past fifty years. Written by Anonymous

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1 December 2011 (Netherlands)  »

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De röda lyktornas tvillingar  »

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$4,573, 17 August 2012, Limited Release

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$30,810, 3 February 2013
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Interesting documentary about rarely discussed subject.
29 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

The documentary "Meet the Fokkens" (Ouwehoeren) benefits from more than just a clever title.

The Red Light District of Amsterdam caters to many travelers from around the world, but has not been the subject of many documentaries. I was curious to discover exactly how the district functions in the legalization of normally illegal activities.

The documentary does not concentrate on those activities per se, but rather hones in on the lives of two of the district's long time residents. The trials and tribulations of these twin sisters give us a window onto the history of the district. Their lives highlight many of the difficulties that lead some to their profession.

This documentary shines a light on issues that need to be discussed.


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