Kansas City Weekly

Faith On Film

The Filmmaker’s Jubilee documents the courage to go on.

By Steve Walker

For STRIPPED, Jill Morley immersed herself in the world of exotic dancing to tear the lid off a career that is either degrading or empoering, depending on which feminist scholar you talk to. Morley’s subjects cite evidence of both. One dancer talks about the value of natural beauty; another lifts her bra to proudly show the lack of scarring after her second breast augmentation. Like any good drama, STRIPPED closes with a crisis of conscience. Morley’s roommate, sick of seeing all the cash her friend hauls in, accompanies her to a club that has offered her a spot in the show. A lot of cheerleading from the other ladies – and a lot of drinks – pushes her to a decision that seems irrevocable.