9th SF Sex Worker Film Festival

As part of the 9th biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival, the Roxie Theater will host a movie marathon of sex worker films on May 23. The films screened consider sex work in the context of both labor and human rights. To this end, there are short films (and a feature-length film) dealing with such subjects as sex work and gender identities, how trafficking policy affects the discussion of sex work, and fetish culture and erotica.

The movie marathon consists of five programs. first up is Sex Worker Family Values. It considers how sex workers’ families (by either birth or choice) shapes sex workers’ characters. Despite You, We Endure offers films defiantly declaring that sex workers will continue to thrive and exist unbowed despite dehumanizing violence and societal judgmentalism. No Justice, No Piece presents sex worker films showing the international face of sex worker activism, taking the viewer from East Africa to Turkey and points in-between. Remedy, the feature-length film, is the story of a proud young private tutor whose career path in the sexual service industry takes her from the New York City underground kink clubs to the more commodified realms of the BDSM sexual service industry. The marathon wraps up with Prostitutes Creative Pursuits, looks at both the workday realities of sex work as well as the creativity unleashed when sex work allows for space to do “the things that nourish our souls.”

So leave your vanilla attitudes at the door and come see sex workers as a positive force for changing both political and societal norms.

For detailed information about the individual film programs, go here. To order advance tickets for the Roxie screenings, go here.

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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