This film festival aims to raise awareness amongst the public and care professionals, opening a dialogue around the stigmatisation and violence against sex workers. Films will be followed by Q&A sessions.
On December 17, 2008, about one hundred sex workers marched on Washington, D.C. for the first time. They said they intended “to take a stand for justice and the freedom to do sex work safely. We are calling for an end to unjust laws, policing, the shaming and stigma that oppress our communities and make us targets for violence”.
This year POW and Nottingham Red Project will be marking the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, also known as Red Umbrella Day. We are inviting you, our supporters, to mark it with us and do something to remember those affected by stigmatisation, discrimination and violence. The concept is simple; Anyone can chose a place and time to gather, invite others to gather, and share their stories, writing , thoughts, poems, memories of victims, related news, and performances, or read names of those who have been murdered . Or people can do something personal alone at home, such as lighting a candle or taking a ritual memorial bath. We encourage discussions among friends, by email, on blogs. People can also participate by making a donation to a group that helps sex workers by teaching them about dangers and how to best survive.
Read more about Nottingham Red Project here: www.nottinghamredproject.co.uk
OPENING NIGHT at New Art Exchange
Weds 23 Nov, 6.30 - 9pm
The Red Project launches this season of film and discussion with a special screening of Personal Services, (18), comedy, 1987, UK, Terry Jones. 105 min.
Q&A with Dr Rosie Campbell OBE, Researcher, Leicester University, Co-Chair Sex Work Research Hub & Trustee National Ugly Mugs (UKNSWP) and Daniela Scotece, CEO POW Nottingham
Tues 29 Nov, 6.30 - 9pm
Screening of Irina Palm (15), drama, 2007, UK, Sam Garbarski, 103 min.
Q&A with Alex Feis-Bryce, CEO National Ugly Mugs and Brian Tobin – CEO of Iceni Project Ipswich
Tues 6 Dec, 6.30 - 9pm
Screening of Normal, (non rated), documentary, 2012, UK, Nick Mai, 65 min.
Q&A with Professor Nick Mai and Neil Radford Ps, Head of Nottingham's Prostitution Task Force
Tues 13 Dec, 6.30 - 9pm
Screening of The Mouth of the Wolf (La bocca del lupo), non rated, documentary, 2009, Italy, Pietro Marcello. 76 min., subtitled.
Q&A with Dr Paul Hamilton (Nottingham Trent University), Melanie Jeffs, Centre Manager Nottingham Women’s Centre, and Porpora Marcasciano, president MIT (Transsexual Identity Movement) /director of Divergenti International Trans Film Festival, Bologna, Italy.
Sat 17 Dec, 2-5pm
On the occasion of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers we will be screening Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all'italiana), comedy/drama, 1964, Italy, Vittorio De Sica, 102 min., subtitled.
Q&A with Daniela Mannu (Committee for Prostitutes Civil Rights, Pordenone, Italy) and Daniela Scotece, CEO POW Nottingham.
Free, The Space
Project organized by Firefly Leicester Community Interest Company in partnership with NAE, Nottingham Contemporary and POW. Funded by the Big Lottery through the Big Lottery.