Director:  Isri Halpern / Israel 2021
Category: Society, Social Issues, Poliics, Women’s Rights, Women, Human Interest

Production: Isri Halpern, for Yes-Docu: Commissioning Editor: Guy Lavie, Israel
Language: Hebrew

Subtitles: English
Length: 80 minutes

‘’The Last Lapdance’’ documents the social and political fallout when the Israeli police closed the country’s strip clubs in 2020. The film is told almost exclusively from the lapdancers’ point of view.    

Veteran Tel Avivian filmmaker Isri Halpern, presents the struggle to close the strip clubs in Tel Aviv, from the point of view of the strippers and documents the first public struggle of sex workers in Israel. The ‘strippers protest’ is a colorful and thought-provoking and exciting human protest. The film reveals to the audience a different and unfamiliar view of sex facts in Israel and of the organizations that struggle with them.

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Festivals & Awards:

  • The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival, USA 2023
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada 2022
  • Diorama International Film Festival, New Delhi, India 2022
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2021

Movie Reviews:
* « This movie deserves to be seen » The Last Lap Dance — Mon corps mais pas mon choix / Francois Grondin / Le Petit Septième 
* « Released to wide acclaim in Israel last year, Hot Docs alum Isri Halpern's latest film documents the social and political fallout when the police closed all the country's strip clubs in 2020. Told almost exclusively from the dancers' point of view, and over many years, issues of exploitation, personal choice and religious pressures are explored »
The Last Lapdance / Hotdocs
* « The Last Lap Dance sets up an important debate about the sex industry.»
Shany Littman / Haaretz
* « A recommended movie, a must watch.»
Inna Tocker, Ynet
* « A fascinating and important film, worth watching. If you have an opinion on this matter, maybe it will be rattled.»
Avri Gilad , The Morning Show, Israeli Television, Channel 13