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The Impure

Dir. Daniel Najenson | 69 min
Documentary Argentina, Israel 2017
HebrewSpanishYiddish with English subtitles

Thousands of Jewish women were brought to Argentinian brothels from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century. Their pimps, also Jewish, were dubbed “impure” and publicly shamed by the mainstream Jewish community. So were the unfortunate women.

Through his own family story, director Daniel Najenson unveils the complex relationship between the predominantly Jewish organizations behind the booming prostitution industry and the rest of the Jewish community, while drawing crucial connections to the modern-day struggle against human trafficking and the fight for sex workers’ rights.

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