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Les Prostituées de Lyon Parlent introduced by Molly Smith

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A screening of Les Prostituées de Lyon Parlent (The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak), a documentary made on 2 June 1975 during the occupation of Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon by 200 sex workers by Carole Roussopoulos and Vidéo Out.

Molly Smith, co-author with Juno Mac of Revolting Prostitutes (Verso, 2018) and member of SCOT-PEP, a sex-worker led organisation committed to campaigning for sex workers' rights, will introduce the film.

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About Les Prostituées de Lyon Parlent

On 2 June 1975, 200 prostitute women occupied the church of St. Nizier, one of the main churches in the centre of Lyon. This was sparked by the brutal torture and murder of sex workers and a police crackdown against the women. This particular occupation in St. Nizier was short-lived, but it set in motion a wave of further protests and within weeks churches had been occupied all over France, including in Paris.

In this work, director Carole Roussopoulous and collective Vidéo Out, used newly available portable video technology (one of the first feminist groups to do so) to make a collective portrait of the women from inside the church and broadcast their demands directly onto the street outside, enabling sex-workers to speak in a public space without fear of arrest. The occupation marks a key movement in the sex-worker rights movement and was formative to the inauguration of many of the first sex-worker led organisations in Europe. Since the occupation has been observed annually as International Sex-Workers Day, honouring the fight for better working conditions by and for sex-workers.

Supported by the Center Audiovisual Simone de Beauvoir.

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