We traveled to Rotterdam and Wageningen with our good friend and Nefarious interviewee, Denise. In both of these cities we could see, again, how the film and testimonies, like Denise’s, were challenging and changing the opinions held by the people we met in the Netherlands.
The Rotterdam screening quickly filled up, and by the time the film started, people were having a hard time finding standing room. Denise came to the stage when the film was over to answer questions and share about her experiences of exploitation working in the brothels of Amsterdam. A dynamic conversation opened up and Denise was very encouraged by the night, “I get so much joy in sharing my testimony,” she said. It was a delight to watch her speak into the lives of so many students and deliver a message of hope and life!
The next day, we traveled to Wageningen to screen the film for Wageningen University. When we arrived at the venue to prepare for the screening there was already a line of thirty students waiting to take their seats. Within a half hour, the theatre was completely full and we had to open up two additional rooms for overflow. “We are so excited you have chosen to screen Nefarious in our city!” Exclaimed one of the attendees. Students were buzzing with anticipation and at the conclusion of the film, I had the privilege of introducing Denise. The entire audience was deeply moved by the film, and had more questions than we had time for. It was incredible to see how the students were being mobilized and encouraged. Several of them told us that the film had caused them to change their position with respect to prostitution and the sex industry.