Documentary - Completed 2016

A sexual tour guide, an ex-client who is fighting for the custody of the child he had with a prostitute, and a fledgling client who is trying to sleep with the highest number of prostitutes possible show us the world of sexual tourism in Buenos Aires.

& Awards

Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2016
Panorama Argentino
Ventana Sur 2017
Video Library
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival 2017
Lola Award
Tenemos Que Ver, Festival Internacional de DDHH de Uruguay 2017
Competencia Oficial de Documentales
Fidba 2017
Competencia Argentina
Madrid International Film Festival 2017
Nominado en las categorías Best Director of a Feature Documentary + Best Feature Documentary
Stockholm Independent Film Festival 2017
Official Selection
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards 2017
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Drama, Bollywood
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    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 72 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jeff ZORRILLA
    • Producer(s)
    • Natalia CORTESI (COPIA CERO)
    • Synopsis
    • What is the human relationship with tourism? What is it we are looking for when we travel to exotic countries as tourists? Relaxation?New experiences?A collection of memories and photos?

      The vacation belongs to another time which allows us to be someone. It is on vacation that we can abandon the restrictions of our daily lives and liberate or repressed desires in idyllic, far-away lands.

      For the majority of European and American tourists, Buenos Aires is a destination to visit in order to eat good steak, try new wines, and learn to dance the tango. But Buenos Aires, like all idyllic destinations also conceals a much darker world.

      This film casts a glance at this other side of the city and tells the story of its inhabitants and its visitors. To be clear: Monger is a film about the subculture of sexual tourism in Buenos Aires.

      To guide us through this world we have Ramiro, an Argentine raised in Texas who, after have been deported back to Argentina, now works as an architectural and cultural tour guide during the day and a sexual tour guide during the night. Ramiro finds his clients through an online forum where sexual tourists from around the world come together to share information on prices, laws, and customs of prostitution in the city.

      In this forum, a 45-year old English expatriate named Alan tells the story of how he met a woman in a brothel and about their disastrous time together living in the jungles of Northern Argentina. This woman is NATALIA, a 35-year old Buenos Aires native and mother of 4 who, after separating with Alan, has decided to leave the sex industry where she has worked for the past 20 years.

      Also in this forum an American, Joe, contacts Ramiro asking for help in achieving a peculiar objective: to visit Buenos Aires and have sex with 12 prostitutes in one week in order to reach 400 before he turns 35.

      All of these men belong to the subculture of Mongering. Monger is a degrading term that a group of sexual tourists have reappropriated and are now using with pride to define their travels around the world in search of sex with prostitutes.

      Monger is a film about how the misogynist and individualist discourse of neoliberalism affects its oppressors as much as its oppressed, leaving all alone and without the necessary emotional tools to build lasting human relationships.
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