Gabriela Leite is the first sex worker to run for Congress in Brazil. A Kiss for Gabriela is an intimate portrait of her 2010 campaign for election facing 822 opponents and challenging a male dominated political system. Combining an observational style with unrestricted access, the film explores what it means to be a prostitute, what it means to be a wife, and most importantly, what it means do be a woman representative of one of the most stigmatized populations in the world to run for office. Gabriela’s charisma and amazing history of activism that includes founding the Daspu (“of the whores”) clothing line, engages audiences and encourages them to reflect critically on laws and policies that restrict the rights and possibilities of women like Gabriela globally. For women like Gabriela who make history and challenge stereotypes with their campaigns, it is not whether they win or lose, or even how they play. It’s that they’re in the game at all.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12PM
Location: Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater, Diana Center LL200
Editor: Laura Murray
Executive Producer: Ram Devineni
Producer: Beatriz Seigner
Featuring: Gabriela Leite