Adua and Her Friends ★★★★

Landlords are the scum of the earth!!

One thing I really dug about this movie was the way the film contrasts the brothels in the beginning of the film with the conditions Adua and her friends are forced to contend with once their place of work is shut down by new laws. They go from being part of a group of women who are working together, laughing together, and living together all on their own terms to harsh isolation, the four of them forced to battle the societal stigma of their previous life and a harsh male landlord who sees them only as a dollar sign. It’s a film that is very clear eyed about the fact that government intervention rarely makes the lives of sex workers better.

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