Dir. Michael Glawogger. 2011, 119 mins. The third installment of Glawogger’s documentary trilogy observes prostitution in three very different contemporary environments (and three very different cultures). At a brothel in Bangkok called the Fish Tank, sex work is treated like any other business transaction. In the ironically named “City of Joy,” the red-light district of Fardipur, Bangladesh, the job is a totalizing way of life. And in La Zona, a lawless section of the Mexican border town of Reynosa, prostitution intersects with drugs and violence to create a culture of fatalism. Presented without sensationalism or judgment, and benefiting from a remarkable degree of access, Whores’ Glory is an immersive, unblinking look at the world’s oldest profession, and how it continues to be shaped by the forces of money and religion. Winner of the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize, 2011 Venice Film Festival.
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