The Hotel Gondolin is a very real place that houses very real transgender and transsexual sex workers, who during the course of this extremely intimate documentary decide to fight for their rights against City Hall in Buenos Aires. This vibrantly repainted former hotel hosts not only transgendered women, but also the harsh realities of their lives.
Most of the girls here make it plain that 'sex worker' is not their first career choice, but the only possibility allowed them in Argentinian society…but the mood remains upbeat as Monica, the self-proclaimed leader of these feisty women, dons a black bustier and heads up the protest march against a law targeting the only profession they've been allowed to hold. By creating a safe haven for themselves, the women have begun to orchestrate a greater social change.
Director: Fernando Lopez Escriva
2005, Argentina, Video, 52 min, In Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Jakeb Anhvu
2004, Australia, Video, 4 min
Andie was born with a condition called Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, or AIS (incorrectly labeled 'Hermaphrodite'). At five, doctors made a terrible error by declaring she should live as a boy…
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