TQFF & MediaQueer.ca present Hookers on Davie + Prowling by Night

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TQFF & MediaQueer.ca present Hookers on Davie + Prowling by Night

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:30 to 20:30

TQFF & MediaQueer.ca present Hookers on Davie + Prowling by Night

Friday, June 16, 6:30PM

United Steelworkers Hall: 25 Cecil St, Toronto, ON M5T 1N1

With director Janis Cole, joined by sex worker advocate Monica Forrester and MediaQueer’s Matt Hays for the Q&A after the screening. Co-presented by Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Hookers on Davie| Janis Cole + Holly Dale | CAN | CFMDC | 86 MIN | 1984

Filmed after eight months of research about sex work in large cities, the cheekily named Hookers on Davie paints a portrait rarely seen of the “prostitution capital of Canada.” Exploring the streets of Vancouver, documentarians Janis Cole and Holly Dale turn their lens onto the culture and lives of the sex workers of Davie Street, located in the heart of the city’s residential West End. Candid, one-on-one interviews mesh with scenes filmed on the job, in this burgeoning hot spot for women and trans sex workers. One of several Cole/Dale collaborations, this enduring classic has earned its canonical place in Canadian queer/feminist film history with the rare and inspiring focus on by-and-for sex work organizing. http://www.mediaqueer.ca/film/hookers-davie

Prowling by Night from Five Feminist Minutes | Gwendolyn + Co. | CAN | | NFB| 12 MIN | 1990

Produced as part of the National Film Board’s Five Feminist Minutes, this collaborative work between Gwendolyn and fellow sex trade workers is an examination of police harassment, safe sex education and sex workers’ rights. Well received by the public and the critics, the film also won the award for Best First Short Film at La Mondiale de films et vidéos réalisés par des femmes in April 1991. The animation stands as a testament to sex worker by-and-for politics, and is as relevant today as it was 27 years ago.  


This screening and panel is made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and viewers like you!