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Sex Labour Smut Film and Video Festival

October 16, 2009 - October 19, 2009

Between Friday, Oct. 16 and Monday, Oct.19, 2010, Cinema Politica hosted a film and video festival dedicated to the topic of sex, sexuality and sexwork. Nine programs of experimental/non-fiction works were selected and screened, along with post-projection discussions with artists, activists and sexworkers, at the J.A. de Sève Cinema, at Concordia University. The focus was on "two of today's most politicized, yet under-screened topics: sexwork and pornography. Connecting and contextualizing bodies, genders, identities, desires and difference, this anti-sexist, anti-phobic festival confronts morality and obscenity with performance, pleasure, and politics."

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Cinema Politica and the Concordia Documentary Centre present a selection of film and video, new and classic, Canadian and international, about sex. Nine programs of documentary and experimental/nonfiction focus on two of today's most politicized topics, sexwork and pornography. Connecting and contextualizing bodies, genders, identities, desires and difference, this anti-sexist, anti-phobic festival confronts morality and obscenity with performance, pleasure, and politics.

OPENING NIGHT: SPECIAL EVENT WITH MONTREAL MUSIC SENSATION SOCALLED (JOSH DOLGIN)

The Sex, Labour, Smut Festival kicks off with a special event at 9:30 PM on Friday, October 16th in Concordia's de Sève Cinema. Join us for a screening of vintage silent "stag movies," with live music accompaniment by local performance star "SoCalled" (Josh Dolgin http://www.myspace.com/socalled). Admission is $5 (all other events at the festival are by-donation).

 

COMPLETE CURATORIAL STATEMENT

SEX, LABOUR, SMUT is a selection of film and video, new and classic, Canadian and international, about sex. The nine programs of documentary and experimental/nonfiction we have selected focus on two of today's most politicized, yet under-screened topics: sexwork and pornography. Connecting and contextualizing bodies, genders, identities, desires and difference, this anti-sexist, anti-phobic festival confronts morality and obscenity with performance, pleasure, and politics.

We have chosen 20 titles of various lengths that all meet at least two of our three criteria: SEX, LABOUR, SMUT. As programmers and fans of political cinema, we have all noticed a boom in documentaries that explore the pornography industry and prostitution. Yet many of these films perpetuate gendered, sexist, voyeuristic-male-hetero-fantasy representations of the confluence of sex and labour. To address this dearth, we are presenting this unique festival of older and recent titles that break free of these limited articulations. With these provocative films and videos we have brought together documentary, performance, experimental and educational works that deepen our understanding of sex, labour and smut – challenging our assumptions, tastes and desires about sexwork and pornography.

Sex permeates media in Canada as elsewhere. From cinema to print to the internet, there is no shortage of images, sounds and words describing the outline of a body of work that Canadians are repelled by, attracted to, despise and desire. Yet the stories told in the works in this festival are difficult to find, clinging to the margins, hidden from mainstream eyes and search engines. They bring to the forefront issues of difference, diversity, and humanity in sexwork and pornography. They challenge a passive, accepting engagement with mainstream and commercial images and narratives of sex and sexuality. As you meet the individuals in these films, whether in front of or behind the camera, we hope that your understanding and appreciation of SEX, LABOUR, SMUT will be deepened and broadened.

And we also hope you get turned on.

Signed, Shannon Harris, Svetla Turnin, Thomas Waugh and Ezra Winton.

OUR ACCOMPLICES

The Canada Council for the Arts
STELLA
2110 Gender Advocacy Centre
Simone de Beauvoir Institute
KataSoho Print and Design

screenings

Sunday
Oct 18
10:00 am
Harmonia Carmona / ES / 2005 / 90 '
A memorial to Switzerland’s most famous sexworker activist, Grisélidis Réal.
Saturday
Oct 17
05:00 pm
Janis Cole & Holly Dale / CA / 1984 / 88 '
The Canadian classic that shook up feminist sex wars of the 1980s.
Saturday
Oct 17
04:15 pm
Monica Forrester, Viviane Namaste & Mirha-Soleil Ross / CA / 2001 / 34 '
Saturday
Oct 17
03:00 pm
A classic performance dealing with prostitution and anti-prostitution.
Saturday
Oct 17
10:30 am
Vicky Funari & Julia Query / US / 2000 / 75 '
A funny and moving doc about the first stripper's union in the US
 

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