„The Prostitutes and the Priest" tells the story women and girls in Namibia, who have to sell their bodies in order to survive, and the priest Father Hermann Klein-Hipass who has made it his personal mission to help them. In the short film Father Herman and the women talk about their lifes and experiences. Sex work is very dangerous in Namibia, the women face a high risk of infecting themselves with HIV and STDs, get beaten up, raped or even killed. Condemned to the lowest rungs of society they are insulted, scoffed and despised and rejected by their own people. Even charity organisations and NGOs consider them to be lost, because many of them are alcoholics and thieves. Father Hermann ist he only one who is helping us“ says Samantha, one of the protagonist in the multimedia story, which combines video interviews and photographs. The pictures were taken between 2008-2017.
Christian Bobst (b. 1971, Switzerland) originally studied graphic design. For almost 15 years he worked for advertising agencies in Switzerland and Germany and has won several international awards for his work. In 2010 he started working as a freelance documentary photographer. Since then he has produced numerous photo reports and commissions in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. His work has been featured in magazines, daily newspapers and online media such as Stern, The Guardian, NZZ, Die Zeit, The New York Reviews of Books, Huffington Post, LensCulture, 6mois and Geo.