Sunday March 8, 2015 is International Women’s Day.
Across the country and the world, women and girls will join together to celebrate women’s achievements and advocate for greater equality. Film and Law Productions is presenting An Evening of Two Events to honor sex trafficking survivors and advocate for their equality in law.
From 5 – 7 PM, the award-winning short documentary, A CIVIL REMEDY, will be screened at the Woods Hole Public Library. There will be conversation and commentary by filmmaker Kate Nace Day and Co-Founder of Film and Law, Russell Murphy.
After the screening, there will be a Benefit Reception just down the street at The Fishmonger Café from 7 – 10 PM to launch the next phase of A CIVIL REMEDY. This art installation, WITHOUT CONSENT, is composed of an artistic version of the film, a photo essay and text.
The installation was inspired by “mug shots” of six girls who were arrested for prostitution in Denver. Kate and local art photographer Taylor Michaud will search for the human stories behind these arrest photos – the girls, their families, their stories.
Please RSVP at An Evening for International Women’s Day. To learn more, visit filmandlaw.com – from International Women’s Day 2012 to awards, honors and reviews, including the 2014 Exceptional Merit in Media Award by the National Women’s Political Caucus – an EMMA.
More Detailed Description of A CIVIL REMEDY
A CIVIL REMEDY (2014). Directed and Produced by Kate Nace Day
A CIVIL REMEDY is a short documentary film that tells the story of one sex trafficking victim who survived – an American girl who was trafficked into prostitution in Boston at the age of seventeen, escaped to her family, and survived to finish school and become an anti-trafficking advocate.
Against this backdrop, the film weaves the perspectives of three commentators. Gloria Steinem has led the American women’s rights movement for four decades. Alicia Foley is the Founder of The Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights. Siddharth Kara, Fellow on Human Trafficking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, is best known for his economic analysis of sex trafficking in SEX TRAFFICKING: INSIDE THE BUSINESS OF MODERN SLAVERY.
A CIVIL REMEDY explores the importance of survivors’ stories, the meaning of justice, and the need to place new legal tools in the hands of victims. A civil remedy – a state civil action for money damages – will empower victims to reclaim their equal place in their community, see their violators held accountable, and drain resources from the global sex industry.
Trailer of A CIVIL REMEDY can be viewed here.
More Detailed Description of WITHOUT CONSENT
WITHOUT CONSENT is composed of an artistic edit of A CIVIL REMEDY, a short documentary film that tells the story of an American girl, Danielle, who was trafficked for sex in Boston. The film exists because Danielle lived to tell her story. Many victims do not survive.
WITHOUT CONSENT was inspired by “mugshots” of six girls arrested for prostitution in Denver. The Benefit Reception at The Fishmonger will raise funds for filmmaker Kate Nace Day and local art photographer Taylor Michaud to go to Denver to document the stories behind these photos – the girls, their families, their stories.
Description of FILM AND LAW PRODUCTIONS
Film and Law Productions has it roots inside the law school classroom in pedagogical experiments with storytelling, film and filmmaking. Law’s stories often translate the messy details of human stories—bodies and emotions, social contexts, and moral doubts—into apparently neutral and universal stories of written texts, precedent, and authority. Law’s stories say simply, “this is what law is.”
KATE NACE DAY and her husband RUSSELL G. MURPHY are long-time Professors of Law at Suffolk University Law School. They started Film and Law Productions to create and present stories that render visible what law does. Stories bring us back from the abstract to the real, from the general to the personal and particular – in Eudora Welty’s words, to “each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s human plight.”
More information on the small-scale film productions of their law students is here.