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American Courtesans (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 July 2013 (USA)
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American Courtesans is a feature documentary that takes you into the lives of American sex workers.

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James Johnson
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Credited cast:
Norma Jean Almodovar ... Self
Stephen Ardain Stephen Ardain ... Self
Karen M. Barnes Karen M. Barnes ... Self
Pearl Callahan ... Self
Gary Callais Gary Callais ... Self
Allan Campo Allan Campo ... Self
Juliet Capulet ... Self
Tamsen Crown ... Self
Skylar Cruz ... Self
Tiffany M. DeLaRaga Tiffany M. DeLaRaga ... Self
Gina DePalma ... Self (as Gina De Palma)
Kristen DiAngelo ... Self
Emma DuPree ... Self
Helen Ewing Helen Ewing ... Hippie Chick (as Helen M. Ewing)
Jimmie Hildreth Jimmie Hildreth ... Self
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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 Kristen DiAngelo

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American Courtesans - A Different type of American Story See more »

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Documentary

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Not Rated

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Four of the 11 women interviewed started working in the sex trade while still underage; one began when she was 13. See more »

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Unflinching and Honest Film Reveals the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth About How Prohibition Puts Women in the Sex Industry at Risk
14 October 2013 | by veronica-817-809658See all my reviews

My copy of American Courtesans only just arrived and already I have watched it three times! Kristen DiAngelo's first film alternates between the disturbingly honest details surrounding the brutal abuse of prostitutes and the disarmingly charming banter between sister sex workers. I was moved to tears and cheers at turns and always I was aware that these women's lives are courageously explored to a depth and a degree that no reporter could possibly accomplish. No, only a fellow sex worker could gain access to this level of disclosure and candor. I often felt like Kristen had invited me into her living room for an intimate sharing between women who trust each other implicitly. There is no attempt to sway the viewer or manipulate sentiments. Instead, the film delivers exactly what it promises, an honest and comprehensive look at the lives and loves of the very real people who happen to work in the sex industry. Bravo Kristen! You have succeeded in making a crucial, timely and important contribution to both the sex worker rights movement and the ongoing political discourse surrounding women's self- determination.


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English

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12 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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