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'Les Prostituées de Lyon Parlent' Screening

2 June 2019 until 2 May 2019
Filmhouse

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For International Sex-Workers’ Day, Collective and SCOT-PEP present the documentary Les Prostituées de Lyon Parlent in Filmhouse, Edinburgh followed by a discussion with activists from the sex-worker 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 film to make a collective portrait of the women from inside the church and broadcast their demands directly onto the street outside, enabling sex-workers to speak in a public space without fear of arrest.

The occupation marks a key movement 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.

This screening also marks the launch of REPRODUCTION, Collective’s summer school exploring ‘social reproduction’ from 2 – 5 June 2019.

Supported by the Center Audiovisual Simone de Beauvoir.

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Carole Roussopoulous and Vidéo Out, 'Les Prostituees De Lyon Parlent', film still, 1975.

Carole Roussopoulous and Vidéo Out, 'Les Prostituees De Lyon Parlent', film still, 1975.