Sex: The Annabel Chong Story (1999)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Gender Issues, Sexuality, Psychology, Interpersonal Relationships  |   Release Date - Feb 11, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - Canada, USA  |  
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In 1995, a 22-year-old gender studies student named Grace Quek decided to break a world record by having the "world's largest gang bang" -- she had sex with 251 men in a ten hour period while the entire event was videotaped. The results became the subject matter of this documentary, which premiered in competition at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to fame and notoriety, was Grace (now known as Annabel Chong) seeking to fill a void in her life, or was this simply a troubled story of delusion, self-destruction and a repressed childhood? We find that Annabel saw this feat as an empowering act, a step forward in her self-styled feminist movement. Yes, she was repressed as a child (and is still condemned by her Asian parents for her shameful acts). Yes, Annabel is self-destructive, mutilating herself and accepting pornography as an alternate source of acceptance and financial compensation. But is there more to her than that? Is there any hope that she may rise above her mental anguish and put the pieces of her life back together? Both powerful and depressing, this documentary contains explicit graphic sex and self-mutilation.

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