Who is Claudette? This documentary sets out to find an answer. The intersexual Claude/tte grew up both girl and boy in northern Africa. As a teenager, the family returned to Switzerland, where Claude decided to live as a man, with wife and a job as an architect. When this life became too restricting, Claudette took over – a prostitute, and proud of her profession.
Claudette, Sylvie Cachin, Swiss 2008, 65 ‘, Digital, Original with English subtitles

"Claudette" is presented by bildwechsel in cooperation with the Sex Arbeit Film Fest Hamburg and the International Queer Film Festival Hamburg.

Together with "Fragments Of Ava"
In Fragments of Ava a woman wakes up and rushes to her job, where she encounters an unexpected customer.
Fragments Of Ava, Zara Zandieh, Germany 2012, 12 ‘, Digital, Original with English subtitles

Date: October 20th, 2012
Beginning: 8:15pm
Venue: B-Movie, Brigittenstraße 5, Hamburg

Street fables: sex work in popular culture

Historically, no other occupation has stirred as much controversy as prostitution. 
The fascination it awakens has been described for centuries in countless ways, with  and without sympathy.
Even the video clip, one of the youngest media in the realm  of popular culture, has been a canvas for the idealized representation of "the world’s  oldest profession".
Conceived in the last three decades, the music videos in this anthology prove that prostitutes haven’t lost their transgressive aura.

Curated by: Evan Romero (e-video)
Presented by: Sex Arbeit Film Festival Hamburg, Q Movie Bar und B-Movie

Date: August 4th, 2012
Beginning: 8pm
Venue: B-Movie, Brigittenstraße 5, Hamburg

Benefit for SAFF 2012

Tante Paul, the schwulesbitchqueerkiezparty is hosting a benefit for the SAFF.
DJs: Dystopia and Gevatter Stock

Date: June 30th, 2012
Beginning: 10pm
Venue: Komet, Erichstrasse 11, Hamburg – St. Pauli

Impressions from the festival

The festival is over. The SAFF 2012 was fantastic and we would like to thank everybody who made this festival possible!
Without your amazing films, art work, contributions and help this festival would not have happened!

Here are some impressions from the festival.

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Update Sex Worker University

Unfortunately Luca from The Sex Worker Open University will not be able to join the film festival.
We plan on setting up a live Skype talk with him on Saturday.
A SWOU participant will be present and talk about the University.

Visiting Filmmakers

For the Opening, David Fonjallaz one of the filmmakers of "Lady Mercedes – Getting old as a Prostitute" will present his documentary and will be available for Q&A afterwards.

Later in the evening we are happy to announce that the Canadian filmmaker Jessica MacCormack will show the animation "Where We Were Not – Part One Alexus Story" during the short film programme.

On Saturday afternoon the Honduran LGBT activist and filmmaker Fernando Reyes will be present to answer your questions and talk about the situation in Honduras after the screening of his documentary "En mis Tacones".

Sex Worker Open University London – June 9th, 8pm

Luca, one of the organizers of the the Sex Worker Open University London will present the documentary "SWOU 2011" and talk about the Sex Worker Open University, a collective based in London that is made up of sex workers, former sex workers and allies.

SWOU 2011

Sex Worker Open University London, Stuart Ireson
GB 2012, 15 min., english

"SWOU 2011" is a 15 minutes long documentary realised during the Sex Worker Open University held in October 2011 in London, UK. During one week, sex workers and allies came together to share their experiences, their knowledge, educating themselves and the public about their working conditions, the effects of stigmatisation and criminalisation, and their struggle to achieve the recognition of sex work as work and for their human and labour rights. With more than 50 workshops, film and performance night, international presentations and public action and around 400 participants, the SWOU 2011 was a succesful event that invigorated the sex workers activists movement in the UK and worldwide! The footages were filmed by several sex workers and allies during the week and edited by SWOU member Stuart Ireson in London.

Workshop: Peer to peer – unter SexarbeiterInnen

Workshop will be in German.
German description here.

Happy Hookers

On the 9th of June SAFF 2012 will screen the film "Happy Hookers" by Ashish Sawhny.
Happy Hookers is an independent documentary exploring the world of male sex workers in Bombay, India – where homosexuality was still criminalised.

Opening film for the SAFF 2012

We are pleased to announce that "Lady Mercedes – Getting old as a prostitute" will be the opening film for the SAFF 2012.

Call for Films

We are no longer accepting submissions for this year’s Sex Work Film Fest.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their films!

If you want to submit films for upcoming screenings and future festivals please contact us at saff(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

We will announce Official Selections in the end of April 2012.
Thank you very much for your support!
We are looking forward to meeting you at the festival,

Christina & Claude