MICHAEL GLAWOGGER Biography | Comments

ONLY A CUSTOMER
It is not easy to understand these women because their actual job is about being fake -- to fake flirting, to fake lust, to fake interest. But in all this faking, they still deal with real people and they often don't realize that they are not faking it anymore. So they tell you one story today and another story the next day. At the same time, it's not really lying. No day should be the same and no story is so good that it cannot be retold. So I decided to believe everything they said, no matter how contradictory it might be, because that's where the truth is with these women. The truth is a big fat lie. But that doesn't make it less true. I think that goes as close as understanding goes because I can never really walk in their shoes. The women themselves made sure of defining a certain basic distance. Even as a filmmaker, in the end for them I was always only a customer.

PUTTING PRECONCEPTIONS ASIDE

The daily routine rules in a brothel and that's exactly what it looks like, in all its possible facets, in WHORES' GLORY. I am simply showing what I discovered. WHORES' GLORY has its violent and sad sides, it depicts human trafficking, drug addiction, a brutal reality that is often very close to what one imagines. I have left nothing out intentionally because I found it to be bad, but I also didn't make it a point to explore prostitution in its criminal form. If you go there thinking prostitution is a crime, you will find crime. If you go there thinking prostitution is glamourous and beautiful, you will find glamour and beauty. If you think it's all about sex, you'll find sex. But if you go with those preconceptions, the working girls will not relate to you. They only start to really speak when they get the feeling that you are really interested in what it's all about. I had to put preconceptions aside. WHORES' GLORY opens up a room where the women can speak, but the room is still my perspective. I think it is obvious that this film was made by a man, a man who looks at working girls and tries to understand how it feels to do this kind of work, day by day.

JUDGMENT CLOUDS VISION
I consider myself to be non-judgmental. Of course, it gets tough when dealing with people who are outright criminals. The madams in Bangladesh are very brutal in their business procedures. They are also capable of being very warmhearted mothers. But I experienced that side of them, because I wanted to go deeper. If you start to judge, your vision gets clouded. Taking on a subject like prostitution, I sought to film and offer images that would speak to the audience. I am aware that everybody has moral, political and often personal issues about prostitution, and that certain images in WHORES' GLORY are upsetting. But for me it is not about the good and the bad. Prostitution is not to be condemned nor defended. Prostitution simply is. It is like war. War is. I can cry a million times that war is cruel, bad and inhumane. But war still is. It is much the same with prostitution. It's a dead end to say simply that it's bad. It's way more interesting to ask why it exists, how it works and what it does to all of us. There is not one region on this planet where prostitution does not exist, and even in the face of the death penalty it is still exercised. Because of its longevity, it seems prostitution is a need, a deep human need and I wanted to explore this need.

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