Dish: Women, Waitressing & The Art of Service 0+

Maya Gallus, CDN 2010, original version / Czech and English subtitles, 68 min
Dish: Women, Waitressing & The Art of Service

There are far more waitresses in the world than waiters. Why is that? Why do long-distance truckers want women to wait on them? By contrast, why are waiters more common in upscale restaurants? Why do Japanese men like playing a game of master and maid game with waitresses? And why do some women work at topless places? Director Maya Gallus filmed at numerous restaurants and bars in four countries, and shows the breadth of establishments where the gender aspect of the profession is visible. Among her interviewees are the female owner of an American diner and the only two female employees of a top French restaurant. The camera also takes us to a Canadian bar where models serve customers, to strip clubs, and to a Japanese bar where \"maids\" wear pink aprons. This novel documentary shows how society separates men and women, the roles it assigns them, and how this division is reflected in stereotypes and the part gender plays in the labour market.

 

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