Documentary - Completed 2012

A fresh perspective on 21st century legal prostitution through the frank stories of Amsterdam red-light district sexworkers at a time when tighter regulation threatens their livelihood.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
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    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 55 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Clare STURGES
    • Producer(s)
    • Rik SINKELDAM (TCF Film), Maurice ENGELEN (TCF Film), Michael FLORIE (TCF Film)
    • Synopsis
    • Amsterdam’s red light district – infamous, provocative, erotic – seducing thousands of tourists each year. This film goes behind the windows of one of Europe’s most exciting cities to discover the real-life stories of the extraordinary women working there as legal prostitutes.
      Enter the notoriously private world of Amsterdam red light working girls to find out what life’s really like in the windows – where you’ve got to learn fast, stay smart and pay your taxes like everyone else.
      Journey under the red lamps in the heart of Amsterdam as the film raises compelling questions and explores controversial changes that threaten the very existence of the red light windows...
      Get an exclusive insight into the world of real Red Light working girls – each with a captivating story to tell – each who has found her way to this age-old profession.
      The girls
      This human interest documentary focuses on a select group of lively, articulate women working as legal prostitutes in Amsterdam’s red light windows. By showing the day-to-day life of this usually closed group, who spend hours behind the windows, the documentary opens up a world normally invisible to the public... and reveals they’re just like us.
      Supporting interviews
      Meet a regular customer, red light residents and visitors, people who work alongside the women in help organizations, plus find out just how Amsterdam city council is proposing dramatic changes that may threaten this world-famous area.
      Come a little closer to this unique, complex world – before it disappears forever.
    • Partners & financing
    • Closed budget, completed
      Sales by Magus Entertainment (Rick van den Heuvel)
      +31 6 5476 8797
    • Production schedule
    • film is completed on March 1, 2012.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2011
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