OFFSITE EVENT @ VEGGIE CLOUD: UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Chicken Ranch

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Nick Broomfield’s documentary on the legendary legal brothel Chicken Ranch offers a kind of social archaeology that is a time capsule of many things, including perspectives on sex work before “sex work” became an academic term of currency. The film digs into the backstories of the women, their social repartee, the conflicts between tiers within the brothel, and the handling of customer complaints. It serves as a document of the professionalization of sex in America at a time when mainstream feminism had not yet taken much of an interest.

Dir. Nick Broomfield & Sandi Sissel, 1983, Digital Presentation, 74 min.