Death of a whore – Grisélidis Réal by Harmonia Carmona

         photo by Erlin  Mandelmann.jpg. Painting by Grisélidis Réal

 

Following Grisélidis live, the documentary includes history of sex worker activism based on the great Griselidis Real, brilliant and honored artist and prostitute. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gris%C3%A9lidis_R%C3%A9al 

This link is to the trailer for the documentary “Death of a whore” by Harmonia Carmona.
Starting with the death of Grisélidis Réal, the documentary covers stages of her life  and explores issues of prostitution with her friends.

Through a discourse on social roles, death, culture, women’s and prostitutes’ rights, this work provides an intimate and powerful examination of one of the early and great prostitutes’ rights activists of the twentieth century.

Below is a poem by Griselidis Real that I didn’t find on the internet, as portrayed in this movie.

Death of a Whore

Bury me naked
as I came into the world
from out of the belly of my unknown mother.
Bury me standing
Without money
Without clothes
Without jewels
Without decorations.
Without make-up
Without adornments
Without a veil. Without rings
Without anything.
Without Necklaces
or earrings of fine gold.
Without lipstick or eyeliner.
With my closed eyes I want
to see the world recede,
the stars and the sun to fall
the night to expand
unto its origin
and entomb me in its mouth.
To lie down one last time
to stretch out alone at last
like a diamond
full of earth.
To rest.
To finally sleep.
To sleep. To sleep.
Without thinking of anything else forever.
To die
To die. To die.
To die and to finally meet
my mother again
and to recognize in your smile
the innocence
I’ve lacked.
All my life I’ve looked for you.
I’ve found you so as to be able to lose
and to tell you,
finally, I love you.

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