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sex worker film and arts festival + screenings

We started a sex worker film & arts festival in Amsterdam! By promoting visual arts about, with by and about the sex worker community, we hope to contribute to a greater visibility of a more nuanced representation of sex work. We are a group of (former) sex workers, feminists, queer and trans people from all different walks of life and backgrounds.

We organise events and are working on our first festival edition which will take place early 2023. A brief outlook on our activities for 2022:

4 September:Sex Worker ActHIVism‘ @IHLIA/OBA: short film program + talk with Dinah Bons (collaboration with House of HIV expo)

7 September: Summer School Gender Studies @Universiteit van Utrecht: screening/workshop with students from Carlton University & Universiteit Utrecht

2 October: Whats y(our) story? @ Mudaeruk, Seoul, Korea: Screening as part of Whats y(our) story? festival about queer & diaspora by Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam) and Mudaeruk (Seoul) with a talk by a local (Korean) sex worker.

Our first screening

Our first live screening: Journey of Monalisa @VondelCS 1 August 2021

Our first (online) collaboration was with TranScreen Film Festival! TranScreen has been adorning the Dutch cinema screens with a variety of genders since 2011. In May 2021 Our core team member Vera and Alejandra (former TranScreen organiser and ambassador) introduced the documentary ‘The Journey of Monalisa’, which follows Chilean sex worker and artist Iván Monalisa in New York.

On the first of August 2021, we introduced ‘The Journey of Monalisa‘ in real life in VondelCS in Amsterdam, again in collaboration with TransScreen and this time part of Queer Currents.

Teaser The Journey of Monalisa from MIMBRE Films on Vimeo.

After this first collaboration we have organised some events with Filmhuis Cavia and are getting ready for our first festival edition in 2023. Our events are listed under the events menu, also check us out on Instagram and Facebook.