The costs and benefits of legal activism: Reflecting on the aftermath of Canada v Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott
Featured speaker: Valerie Scott
Tuesday February 13, 2018
2:30 to 4:00pm
In this talk, longtime sex worker rights activist and former sex worker Valerie Scott will give her personal account of the struggles, strategies, process, and aftermath of the constitutional challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, Canada v Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott (2013). In particular Ms. Scott will discuss the work done by sex worker activists, and their disagreements over and decisions in regard to adopting a ‘winnable’ strategy that highlighted how the criminalization of prostitution exacerbated the risks faced by sex workers. This strategy was not without costs: even as it was effective in winning the case, focusing on danger reproduced tropes of victimization and trafficking that were later invoked in the legislative response that in effect recriminalized similar aspects of sex work. Ms. Scott will reflect on this unfortunate, yet unsurprising, outcome, and how it has forced activists to rethink their strategies toward attempting to dislodge the victim discourse – and abandon ‘winnable’ legal arguments amidst continuing political discomfort with prostitution.
Light refreshments provided.
RSVP link: www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp
The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode (IFLS)
Centre for Feminist Research at York University (CFR)
York Department of Social Science – Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies Programs
Time: Saturday, March 10 at 2:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, ON
*Open to Public; Tickets are free of charge; Bilingual (English subtitle & Korean-English interpretation for the panel is provided) (감독과의 대화: 한국어/영어 통역)
Title: Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼
Director: JO Se-young
Production: South Korea 2009
Running time: 72 min (panel and open Q&A the director will follow screening)
Doors Open: 2:15pm
Screening Starts: 2:30pm
Audio: Korean (English subtitles)
Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼, an award-winning documentary, follows the narrative of South Korean women who have come together to break the silence about sexual violence. It is a story of survival and resilience, but also desires, intimacy, and collective solidarity for social change. On the International Women’s Day in 2018, in the #MeToo moment across national borders, we hope this documentary and the discussion with the Director Jo Se-young, together with feminist activist-scholars Youn Joung Kim and Hae Yeon Choo, will inspire us think through what women’s citizenship means, reminding us how the personal is ever more political.
Hosted by the Centre for Study of Korea (CSK) at the University of Toronto, this event is co-sponsored by: Hope21: Korean Progressive Network in Canada; Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF); the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto; the Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) at the University of Toronto; the Centre for Feminist Research at York University; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, & Women's Studies at York University; and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).
Director JO Se-young has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries with a focus on gender and sexual politics in South Korea. She made her debut in film directing in 2005 with . She received the Jinbo Award at the Seoul Independent Documentary Film and Video Festival with (2009). She also won the White Goose Award at the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival and other awards with , on women’s experiences with abortion.
Youn Joung Kim is a feminist activist-scholar and Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. She appears in this documentary as a member of the feminist group against sexual violence in South Korea. Her research interests revolved around sex work and U.S. militarization in South Korea.
Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016) on labor and marriage migration and the question of migrant rights and citizenship in South Korea.
Film Notes for Variety Survival Talkshow (버라이어티 생존토크쇼)
Women who have been victims of sexual violence join a group called Small Talk and begin to reveal their experiences. By talking to others, they bare their hearts and rediscover themselves and help each other grow. And as they collide with the outside world, they grow stronger. With wit and courage, they deconstruct the stereotype of victims, and therein lies the beauty of their survival talk.
“Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out” is a venue for women to go public about how they were subject to sexual violence. “Incidents” that had been denied recognition and memory - but like a recurring nightmare had refused to be forgotten and had kept themselves alive through the cowering attitude of the victims - are finally given voice.
I was shocked to the core on the day I went to a Speak Out. Most of the participants were crying silently, speaking with their eyes that they too were survivors as the speakers’ words resonated deep in their hearts. As I watched and listened to them, many thoughts began to collide within me as well.
Then as a woman shared an experience that she’d kept a secret for 40 years and people expressed empathy and support and cried with her, I suddenly remembered with shock that I’d had a similar experience. That was when the words “sexual violence” started to take on a new meaning for me.
And now, the Variety Survival Talkshow is going to say it out loud.
Through the behind-the-scenes stories of survivors as they redirect their lives and their perspectives of society, you’ll see that sexual violence is at the center of the collision point of double standards about sex that society imposes on men and women. We’ll begin to challenge the conventions we’d been taught about women’s bodies, how we were supposed to hide our womanhood. You’ll get to meet women in Variety Survival Talkshow who are deeply engaged with sexual violence. And their fellow travelers are all the people who think they have nothing to do with sexual violence. So everyone in for the ride, keep your seatbelts fastened till the end of the show!
2009 The 13th Seoul Human Rights Film Festival
2009 Queens International Human Rights Film Festival
2009 The 1st DMZ Documentary Film Festival
2009 Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival
2009 Seoul Independent Film Festival
2010 Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Festival _ the best film of progressive vision
2011 Festival International du Film Lesbien & Feministe de Paris
2013 Director/Documentary/ 83 minutes
2009 Director/ Documentary/ 72min
2007 Asst. Director / Documentary / 80min
2006 Cinematographer / Documentary / 111min
2004 Director / Documentary / 23min
2001 Asst. Director / Documentary / 70min
지금까지 이런 토크쇼는 없었다!
깨지는 것을 두려워하지 않는 씩씩하고 뜨거운 그녀들의 이야기
성폭력 피해를 당한 후 재판을 진행 중인 메이.
성폭력 예방 강사로 활동하던 중, 오랜 시간 잊고 지냈던 ‘흐릿한 기억’과 마주하게 된 한새.
피해자에서 생존자로, 또 연구자로 7년째 성폭력과 ‘연애 중’인 보짱.
나(감독)는 성폭력 피해를 경험한 여성들의 모임인 ‘작은 말하기’에서 그녀들을 처음 만난다. 세상에서 가장 불행한 얼굴을 하고 있는 피해 여성을 상상했건만, 이 사람들 정말 피해자 맞아? 모든 예상을 뛰어넘는 그녀들의 당당하고 매력적인 목소리를 듣게 된다. 고루한 고정관념과 지독한 편견에 시원한 한 방을 날리는 그녀들의 화끈한 수다 한 판.
그녀들의 ‘생존토크’는 위대하다.
‘성폭력생존자말하기대회’는 성폭력을 당했다는 사실을 비록 제한적이긴 하나 공개된 장소에서 말하는 자리이다. 이 자리에 모인 사람들은 인정하고 싶지 않고, 잊고만 싶었던, 하지만 잊히지 않고, 끊임없이 악몽으로, 저도 모르게 움츠려드는 태도로 되살아나던 그 ‘사건’을 소리 내어 말한다.
그 날을 떠올리면, 충격 그 자체였다.
참가한 대다수의 여성이 숨죽여 울고 있던 모습. 자신의 마음 속 깊은 곳에서 공명을 일으키며 자신도 같은 ‘생존자’의 삶을 살아왔다고 무언의 언어로 말하고 있는 눈빛들. ‘말하기’를 하는 사람들을 보는 내 안에선, 여러 가지 생각들이 충돌을 일으켰다.
그리고 그 속에서 한 여성이 40년간 숨겨온 자신의 경험을 터뜨리고 많은 사람들이 공감과 지지를 표하며 울음을 터뜨리는 순간, 당황스럽게도 나도 저 피해를 말하는 여성과 비슷한 경험을 했었음을 기억한다. 그때부터 ‘성폭력’이란 단어는 나에게 새로운 의미로 다가오기 시작했다.
이제 <버라이어티 생존토크쇼>는 말을 터뜨리기 시작한다.
‘사건’을 통해 삶의 방향, 사회에 대한 관점이 달라져가는 ‘생존자’들의 뒷이야기를 통해 우리 사회가 키워낸 남성과 여성을 향한 성의 이중잣대의 충돌 지점인 성폭력이 드러날 것이다. 여성의 몸으로 늘 감추고 숨겨야만 했던 우리에게 학습되어진 것들에 대한 도전이 시작된다. 당신은 이제 <버라이어티 생존토크쇼>를 통해 그녀들을 만나게 된다. 이 여행의 동반자는 자신은 성폭력과 무관하다고 느끼는 모든 사람들이다. 영화가 끝날 때 까지, 모든 탑승자들, 벨트를 꽉 매고 있으시길.
출처: http://cinemadal.tistory.com/503 [시네마달 cinemaDAL]
Festival & Awards
2009 제 13회 인권영화제
인디다큐 페스티벌 2010
2013년 <자, 이제 댄스타임> 연출
제18회 인천인권영화제, 2013
제16회 강릉인권영화제, 2013
제4회 광주여성영화제, 2013
제5회 DMZ 국제다큐멘터리 영화제, 2013, 국제경쟁 대상(흰기러기상)
인디다큐페스티발2014 올해의 초점 부문, 2014
제19회 서울인권영화제, 2014
제16회 서울국제여성영화제 새로운 물결 부문, 2014
2009년 <버라이어티 생존토크쇼> 연출
제10회 인디다큐페스티발, 2010, 폐막작, 진보상