Journal of Romance Studies

Love in times of violence

Prostitution and documentary filmmaking in Mexico City

Journal of Romance Studies (2021), 21, (2), 291–310.


Maya Goded’s photography and filmmaking career has been tackling issues surrounding sex work in Mexico for more than two decades. Her first feature-length documentary, Plaza de la soledad (2016), set in Mexico City’s La Merced, probes issues of violence, resilience and love, with the main protagonists, who are ageing sex workers, negotiating their precarious positions between traumatic past events and uncertain futures. This paper examines Goded’s representation of prostitution as one designed to challenge dominant narratives about sex work in Mexico by shedding light on the private lives of women against their stereotypical portrayals.

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Gasiorowski, Dominika