Sex Workers + the Prison Industrial Complex
Film Screening and Panelists.
Movies: No Human Involved (trailor below) plus shorts
Speakers from California Prostitutes Education Project, Red Light Legal
Date + Time
Wednesday May 24th / 1pm
San Francisco City Hall, Room 305
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco
Reserve Seats or Donate to Festival. No entry fee required, but we recommend reservations. nohumaninvolved.eventbrite.com
Screening: Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex
10th Biennial San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festval, presents No Human Involved: Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex, a film screening and discussion featuring PJ Starr's "No Human Involved," about the death of Marcia Powell while she was in the custody of the Arizona prison system for a prostitution arrest. Additional videos include a Vancouver Police Department Guidelines short advocating respect for and protection of sex workers, an animation about abuse of sex workers in Toronto and J's story, a portrait of a sex worker and activist fighting for her rights in New Jersey.
"Sex workers are among many whom are vulnerable and targeted by the discriminatory correctional industrial complex in the USA and beyond. This context sets the stage for 'accidents waiting to happen,' such as the death of Marcia Powell while in custody in Arizona. Sex workers have long been targets of the such abuse, along with immigrants, people of color, queers, transgender people and others. As San Francisco steps up as a Sanctuary City, artists from our communities step up to remind us all about the history and consequences of systematic oppressions within the criminal justice system. Speakers include Kristina Dolgin (Red Light Legal), Lania Watkins (California Prostitutes Education Project) and others TBA. The screening of the movie, No Human Involved, is sponsored by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
No Human Involved by PJ Starr (trailor below)
Screening of this film is sponsored by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
In 2009 after she was sentenced to more than two years of imprisonment for solicitation of prostitution, Marcia Powell was locked in a metal cage in the sun at an Arizona prison. Hours later she collapsed in the over 107 degree heat and by day's end she was dead. Even though an internal investigation carried out by the Arizona Department of Corrections revealed that prison guards had denied her water and ridiculed her when she pleaded for help, no one was held accountable.
01:12 / 2016 / US
Community Voices: J's Voice by Derek J. Demeri with assistance of PJ Starr
Human rights activist & New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (NJRUA) co-founder Derek Demeri works with former sex worker and community activist 'J' to highlight human rights violations she suffered in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Candid, down to earth, and powerfully crafted, the narrative of J's Voice highlights her 'matter of fact' courage at the basis of her struggle.
4:40 / 2014 / US
Vancouver Police Department Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines
The guidelines presented in this video are reflective of the Vancouver Police Department and recommended by the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry with the goal of protecting sex workers... or, as the Chief constable of the Vancouver police Department explains “We hope you will join us in creating a new relationship between sex workers, the community and the police.”
Click here for a .pdf document of the Guidelines
5:09 / 2013 / Vancouver
Prowling by Night by Gwendolyn
Prowling by Night, about challenges for street-based workers including harrassment and police abuse at the onset of the AIDS crisis. Prowling was a landmark work in the sex worker rights movement. Made with the participation of 21 sex workers, Prowling also documents abuses in the context of HIV prevention efforts. Made for the National Film Board of Canada, this groundbreaking work is based on candid testimonies of actual sex workers.
12:25 / 1990 / Toronto
Gwendolyn is an artist, director a, performer, filmmaker and activist . She was known simply as Gwendolyn. Her prolific work on behalf of sex workers in Toronto began in 1977 with the founding of BEAVER (Better End All Vicious Erotic Repression). She was a key player in the early advocacy group Canadian Organization for the Rights of Prostitutes (CORP) and a founding member of Maggie’s (Toronto Prostitutes’ Community Service Project, 1986) and SWAT (Sex Workers’ Alliance of Toronto, 1992.