Artists' Television Access

Tales of the Night Fairies

presented by: 3rd I in association with Queer Cultural Center

Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 8:00 pm, $5


Five sexworkers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The simultaneously expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

The film attempts to represent the struggles and aspirations of thousands of sex workers who constitute the DMSC (Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee or the Durbar Women’s Collaborative Committee) an initiative that emerged from the Shonagachi HIV/AIDS Intervention Project. A collective of men, women and trans-gendered sex workers, DMSC demands decriminalization of adult sex work and the right to form a trade union.

Direction: Shohini Ghosh (Bengali/English Subtitles, 74 min, 2002)


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