Ornit Barkai’s film, “Laid to Rest: Buried Stories of the Jewish Sex Trade,” is about themes of Jewish memory, culture and identity. It investigates the underreported story of the historic Jewish sex trade in Argentina between the 1890s and 1930s. Unfolding a taboo that was never laid to rest, the film gives voice to marginalized women and brings to life buried stories about a minoritized immigrant community that fought trafficking from within and prevailed. Through this film, Barkai brings to light complex issues of women’s rights, sex trafficking and community action, then and now.
A research associate and former scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and affiliated scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Barkai is a documentary filmmaker whose areas of research cover gender, culture, identity and memory.
Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.+ More... - Less...
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