Voices for Dignity

On December 20th we went down to the Pivot Legal Society headquarters in Vancouver, BC. to be there when they received the decision on the Bedford vs. Canada case.  Members of Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE Society along with other sex workers and allies all came together to hear the historic decision.

When the unanimous decision to strike down all three laws was published the room erupted in joyous "woohoos" and happy tears as a group of women celebrated a long and hard fought victory.  It was one of the most exciting, inspiring, and emotional moments of my life and I really can't begin to imagine what it must of felt like for the people that have been committed to this issue for more than 10 years.  

You can read more about the decision and what it means on Pivot's website here.

Please watch our short documentary about Pivot Legal Society, Pace Society, and SWUAV's trip to the Supreme Court.  The doc gives some insight into how the laws impact street based sex workers in Canada and you get to meet some of the amazing hardworking individuals that impacted the Supreme Court ruling.  

 

Pivot Legal Society - Working Towards the Decriminalization of Sex Work

We have, so fortunately, been asked by Pivot Legal Society to document their lead up and journey to the Supreme Court of Canada as interveners in the Bedford case.  Pivot has teamed up with Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV) and PACE to represent the voices and interests of street-based sex workers from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and oppose the current set of laws surrounding sex work in Canada that are putting workers in very real and immediate danger. It has been an incredibly inspiring experience working with Pivot on this project.  Even though we are just at the beginning of filming we can already clearly see what an exciting opportunity we have to document Pivot's powerful work and this truly historic case.

We formed Combination Films out of art school with the shared belief that film, art, and storytelling have the ability to change minds and make a difference in the world.  We know that if we do our job right to translate these voices, stories, and experiences accurately the final product will be something that can spark discussion, provoke thought, and help people see that these laws are wrong and that we should all do whatever we can to change them.

We have only had a couple days of shooting so far but we wanted to show Pivot a work-in-progress / rough cut to see the progress.  This is in no way a polished or finished work, but instead a quick mock-up of what is to come as it is only a small fraction of the content we plan to gather.  The sound, b-roll, colour, and still images are all temp at this point, but we still thought it is worth sharing.

 

 Please check out Pivot’s website for more information about their work and sex worker’s rights. http://www.pivotlegal.org/