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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I am delighted to inform you that my documentary film NORMAL was selected at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival and that it will be screened in London on:
Friday 5 October 15:45
Saturday 6 October 17:30
Tickets are available on the festival webpage, which now includes a brand new trailer:
There will be a Q&A session with me and some of the actors and crew after the Saturday afternoon screening.
You can follow news and events related to NORMAL on Facebook and Twitter so… Watch this space!!!
Please come join us and pass this message to all interested colleagues and friends. I am pasting below a short description of the movie.
Looking forward to seeing you at the screening!
Normal is a 65 minute creative documentary that brings the real life stories of male, female and transgender migrants working in the sex industry to the screen. Drawing on original interviews with people working in the sex industry in Albania, Italy and the UK, documentary director and anthropologist Nicola Mai reveals their unheard voices.
In Tirana we meet Besnik, an Albanian young man who uses violence to stop his women getting under his skin. In Rome, Catalin is a Romanian minor selling sex to other men as it’s the best job he’s ever had. Having used violence in the past, Adrian, a Romanian young man, now respects his working girl to keep himself safe and out of jail. In London there’s Candy, a Romanian young woman who loves her trafficker to the point of getting convicted for controlling. Alina, a Moldovan woman, decides to work independently in the UK sex industry after having been trafficked. We also meet Cynthia, a transgender woman selling sex to feed her estranged family while waiting to fix her papers.
These voices often go against the grain of popular expectations that most migrant sex workers are exploited and forced to sell sex against their will. Confronting these attitudes, Normal uncovers a layered, human story of migration and sex work. What we hear are unexpected, disturbing, sometimes moving and often contradictory life stories. The viewer is continually challenged by the truth of their words, their dreams and the lives that they lead. All the characters are portrayed by actors, guaranteeing the anonymity and safety of the original interviewees and emphasizing the inherently performative nature of selves.
Dr Nick Mai
Reader in Migration Studies
ISET Institute for the Study of European Transformations
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
Tel: +44 (0) 207 133 4305
My 3 latest publications:
Mai, N (2012) Embodied cosmopolitanisms: the subjective mobility of migrants working in the global sex industry. Gender, Place and Society, forthcoming. Available online as iFirst article DOI:10.1080/0966369X.2011.649350. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0966369X.2011.649350#preview
Hickman, M, Mai, N and Crowley, H (2012) Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming (April 2012) http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=384252
Mai, N (2011) Tampering with the Sex of ‘Angels’: Migrant Male Minors and Young Adults Selling Sex in the EU. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(8): 1237-52 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369183X.2011.590927