Queen of the Deuce

Dir. Valerie Kontakos | 78 min
Documentary Canada, Greece 2022
EnglishGreek with English subtitles

Chelly Wilson was a Christmas-celebrating Jewish grandma, a lesbian who married men, and a proud owner of porn theaters in 1970s NYC. Through audio recordings, Chelly recounts her pre-war escape from Greece up through her unlikely motherhood and rise to wealth as a shrewd businesswoman on “The Deuce,” aka New York’s infamous 42nd Street. Fascinating WWII and archival footage illustrate this entertaining story of a family and its matriarch, a truly unique character with chutzpah in spades.


Tuesday, May 166:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

Thursday, May 186:00 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

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