Normal is a 65 minute creative documentary based on original anthropological research on the relationship between migration, the sex industry and sex trafficking. The film brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen. It draws on original research interviews with people working in the sex industry in Albania, Italy and the UK. Their voices often go against the grain of popular expectations that most migrant sex workers are exploited and forced to sell sex against their will. Confronting these attitudes, Normal uncovers a layered, human story of migration and sex work. Normal is made of unexpected, disturbing, sometimes moving and often contradictory life stories. The viewer is continually challenged by the truth of their words, their dreams and the lives that they lead. All the characters are portrayed by actors, guaranteeing the anonymity of the original interviewees and emphasizing the performative nature of selves.
We are hoping that the screening of the film will be an occasion to have local debates about sex work support and anti-trafficking social interventions, politics and realities.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Nick Mai.
For any further information on the screening please contact Nick Mai:
Date: 21 February 2013
Place: Magdalen Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU
(the Auditorium’s entrance is in Longwall Street).
Date: 24 February 2013
Place: Cube Cinema, 4 Princess Row Kingsdown Bristol BS2 8NQ UK
Date: 21 March 2013
Place: Room LG01, New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW