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Released to wide acclaim in Israel last year, Hot Docs alum Isri Halpern's latest film documents the social and political fallout when the police closed all the country's strip clubs in 2020. Told almost exclusively from the dancers' point of view, and over many years, issues of exploitation, personal choice and religious pressures are explored in a debate that has worked its way from the clubs to the streets to the Knesset. Accusing anti–sex work lobbyists of exploiting feminist rhetoric to advance their own moralistic agenda, the dancers question the motives of those who purport to represent their best interests. These workers demand that they be given a voice in an age-old debate that has largely taken place without their participation and will ultimately have the greatest impact on the dancers themselves. As one of the protagonists laments, "Everyone is talking about us without bothering to hear what we have to say. If you are going to make laws that help us, at least ask our opinion."

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Isri Halpern
  • Producer(s)

    • Isri Halpern
  • Writer(s)

    • Isri Halpern
  • Editor(s)

    • Isri Halpern
    • Moty Vidan
  • Cinematography

    • Isri Halpern
  • Composer

    • Isri Halpern
  • Sound

    • Michael Emet
    • Itamar Kristo

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