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Scarlet Road - SXSW 2012 Accepted Film

Norway prohibited buying of sexual services in 2009, but in many other countries and regions, it is totally legal. One case in point is New South Wales in Australia, where the Australian organization Touching Base unite so-called sex workers and people with disabilities to promote the rights of both groups. SCARLET ROAD portrays one of these sex workers, Rachel Wotton. With genuine compassion for her fellow human beings, she works to bring light to the innate need for sexual intimacy, through her activism and in academia. The film offers close encounters between Rachel and her clients, and insight into how important sex can be for our ability to have a good life.

This documentary shows that not everyone involved in prostitution fits neatly into categories such as abuser/abused, cynic or victim. Carefully crafted and with a sense of humor, it gives a fresh and unprejudiced view of the rights and needs of disabled people, as well as of people involved in prostitution.

Program: 
Orginal title: 
SCARLET ROAD
Director: 
Catherine Scott
Screenplay: 
Catherine Scott
Photography: 
Catherine Scott, Bonnie Elliot
Run time: 
1 hour 10 min
Year: 
2011
Country: 
Australia
Producer: 
Pat Fiske
Sales: 
Cat & Docs
Director info: 
Catherine Scott is a Sydney-based director associated with Paradigm Pictures. She received the Walkley Award (Australia’s Pulitzer Prize) for her documentary BUSINESS BEHIND BARS about modern prison systems.