We have received the uplifting news that A Kiss for Gabriela will be shown at both the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Art Festival in May 2013 and at the fifth Desiree Alliance Conference in Las Vegas in July 2013. We are so pleased and proud that A Kiss for Gabriela is being included at these pivotal events in the sex worker rights calendar and that the film is featuring in two weeks time (April 20) at Uniondocs in New York City during an event organized by grassroots groups SWOP-NYC and SWANK.
Organizers of the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Art Festival described A Kiss for Gabriela as “a great addition to any festival” adding that “Gabriela’s loyalty to her convictions is inspirational.” The Festival—founded by sex worker luminary Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot and now co-directed by Erica Fabulous—has, since 1999, provided a forum for works about sex workers experiences from a rights based perspective. Films featured in the festival provide a refreshing change from stigmatizing “representations of sex workers as … vulnerable, fallen angels… or… callous and ‘used up.’” We are honored to be part of the 2013 line up in San Francisco and proud to be part of a movement that strives to change how sex workers are viewed. Stay tuned for updates about the festival including where A Kiss For Gabriela is placed in the program that will include the Roaming Hookerfest May 13-18 and showings at the Roxie on May 25th.
We also look forward to sharing more about being part of the Arts and Culture program—convened with the help of The Incredible, Edible, Akynos—at the Desiree Alliance Conference (The Audacity of Health: Sex Work, Health, and Politics, July 14th to 19th, 2013 in Las Vegas).