BUY­ING SEX

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(Kent Na­son, Teresa MacInnes, Canada). 75 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Us­ing as their cen­tre­piece the 2010 On­tario court case deal­ing with sex work, direc­tors Teresa MacInnes and Kent Na­son probe the pas­sion­ate de­bate sur­round­ing pros­ti­tu­tion.

The two sides are rep­re­sented by sex worker ad­vo­cates on one side and abo­li­tion­ists on the other. The film­mak­ers visit New Zealand, which has made pros­ti­tu­tion le­gal, and Swe­den, where buy­ing sex has been crim­i­nal­ized, to ex­am­ine the ef­fects of pub­lic pol­icy.

This is a metic­u­lously made, almost per­fectly bal­anced doc that probes the con­se­quences of state in­tru­sion and in­ves­ti­gates the so­cial mean­ing of fe­male con­sent and male en­ti­tle­ment. Guar­an­teed no two peo­ple will walk out agree­ing on the is­sue – tes­ti­mony to the film­mak­ers’ skills. SGC May 1, 6 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2; May 3, 1: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 3; May 5, 1: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 4.

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