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Announcement :: Labor
Radical Film Night - Live Nude Girls Unite!
01 Oct 2007
Radical Film Night at Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday 7pm, Always Free
549 Columbus Ave

Live Nude Girls Unite!
(Wed Oct 3, 7pm)

Documentary look at the 1996-97 effort of the dancers and support staff at a San Francisco peep show, The Lusty Lady, to unionize. Angered by arbitrary and race-based wage policies, customers' surreptitious video cameras, and no paid sick days or holidays, the dancers get help from the Service Employees International local and enter protracted bargaining with the union-busting law firm that management hires. We see the women work, sort out their demands, and go through the difficulties of bargaining. The narrator is Julia Query, a dancer and stand-up comedian who is reluctant to tell her mother, a physician who works with sex workers, that she strips. (75 min.)
Working Girls
(Wed Oct 10, 7pm)

Working Girls (93 min) is a 1986 independent film, written, produced and directed by Lizzie Borden, depicting a day in the life of upper class prostitutes in a small Manhattan bordello. It is considered a subtly feminist portrayal, focusing on strong women characters, and depicting prostitution as neither glamorous nor repellant, but rather an ordinary, if exhausting, job.
Shinkuju Boys + Writing Desire
(Wed Oct 17, 7pm)

Shinjuku Boys (53 min) introduces three onnabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Annabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify as lesbians. As the film follows them at home and on the job, all three talk frankly to the camera about their gender-bending lives, revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these illuminating interviews are fabulous sequences shot inside the Club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with non-trans men. This is a remarkable documentary about the complexity of female sexuality in Japan today.

Ursula Biemann's Writing Desire (23 min) is a video essay on the new dream screen of the Internet and how it impacts on the global circulation of women's
bodies from the third world to the first world. Although under-age Philippine 'pen pals' and post-Soviet mail-order brides have been part of the transnational exchange of sex in the post-colonial and post-Cold War marketplace of desire before the digital age, the Internet has accelerated these transactions. Biemann provides her viewers with a thoughtful meditation on the obvious political, economic and gender inequalities of these exchanges by simulating the gaze of the Internet shopper looking for the imagined docile, traditional, pre-feminist, but Web-savvy mate. Writing Desire delights in implicating the viewer in the new voyeurism and sexual consumerism of the Web. However, it never fails to challenge pat assumptions about the impossibility for resistance and the absolute victimization of women who dare to venture out of the global south and onto the Internet to look for that very obscure object of desire promised by the men of the West. This tape will promote lively discussion on third world women, the sex industry, mail order brides, racism and feminist backlashes in the West, and on women's sexuality, desire, and new technologies.
(Wed Oct 24, 7pm)

This story follows Fernanda, a young Brazilian transexual woman who travels to Milan and becomes involved in sex work to raise money for a sex change operation. She dreams of being a woman but is transformed into a figure of allure.
Our Bodies, Our Minds
(Wed Oct 31, 7pm)

Our Bodies, Our Minds (67 min) is about feminists who are sex workers. Actress, Nina Hartley defends her career choice by stressing that it is a choice, one not coerced or forced as other feminists might imply. Erotic filmmaker, Candida Royalle expresses her brand of feminism by creating her own erotic films, "from a woman's point of view." And dominatrix Mistress Delilah uses her earnings to pursue a Ph.D. Alvin's interest in the subject matter arose out of an experience with a friend of hers from high school. "She told me she was working part-time as a stripper, but I had always thought of her as such a feminist person" she says. After going to see her friend perform at a gentlemen's club in New York, Alvin realized that there was more to the issue than what anti-pornography feminists might lead you to believe. The result was Our Bodies, Our Minds, a provocative documentary that allows these feminists to discuss their perspectives on pornography, free expression, and sex work, without resorting to cheap exploitation.

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