|Sun, Nov 4th from 8:00PM|
Madams of the Barbary Coast explores the relationships and vital roles these fascinating women played in all stratus of San Francisco's society. Outnumbered by men 50 to 1, these women pioneers came from a diversity of cultures- Chinese, Black, Asian, Latin American, and European; and faced adversity in immigration, religion, poverty and basic civil rights. And yet some of them still achieved unprecedented success, fortune and fame.
Using rare archival photographs, location footage, and interviews with historians, writers, clergy, and sex educators, the documentary examines the women's many cultural and social contributions to the settlement of a violent, uncivilized West. Told through a series of poignant and touching stories, the film uncovers this forgotten yet important part of women's history, and how these women helped bring culture, passion, and a vestige of civilization to one of the most dangerous eras in America's past.