(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.