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Documentary

Meet The Fokkens

(Ouwehoeren)

Year 2011
Runtime 80 mins
Subtitles Dutch language with Englsih subtitles

The original Dutch title of Meet the Fokkens, Ouwehoeren, means ‘chit chat,’ but through some feat of linguo-historical gymnastics, it also means ‘old whores.’ The new title may recall a certain Ben Stiller vehicle, but the translation of the original Dutch title perfectly suits this documentary. Meet Louise and Martine Fokkens—two elderly twin sisters who have worked in Amsterdam’s red light district for over 50 years.

Lighthearted and conversational, the tone of Meet the Fokkens is far removed from the hard, stomach-turning edge of many docs that look at the sex industry—which makes sense given a setting where the oldest profession is still legal. Instead, the sisters chat idly about the minutiae of their industry and the realities of working for a living, whatever it is you do from 9 to 5.

Countries

Netherlands
Festivals
International Documentary Film Festival 2012,
Hot Docs 2012
Director
Rob Schroder, Gabrielle Provaas
Executive Producer
Janneke van de Kerkhof
Producer
Femke Woltinh, Bruno Felix
Cinematographer
Wiro Felix, Rob Schroder
Editor
Sander Vos Nce
Music
Danny Malando
Cast
Louise and Martine Fokkens