Movies that Matter and Discussion: Unseen (for mature audiences only)

  • 2/19/2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  • Movies that Matter and Discussion: Unseen (for mature audiences only)

    Trigger Warning: Contains descriptions of violence, sex abuse, rape, murder, drugs, police and social racism/indifference.

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    For those of you in Ohio in 2009 and even nationally, you may remember the gribbing media frenzy of the Cleveland Strangler. As the 24 hr news cycle unfolded, we learned a serial killer by the name of Anthony Sowell had been murdering women and burying them on his property for years! So many wondered how he got away with it? Who were his victims and why had they fallen prey to him? His home was in urban downtown Cleveland with a home closely sitting next to his on each side. How did no one hear or see anything? Sadly, the truth is more disturbing than the murders he committed!!

    For years, sex workers of color had been missing, found dead and several survivors actually reported Sowell to police, begging them to investigate. Their deaths went unsolved and the survivor's pleas went unheard because they were considered to be hysterical, unreliable druggies and whores. They were seen as objects, not human beings, deserving of help. Some even thought they deserved whatever abuse Sowell was dishing out! For years, these women were Unseen by police, the community and anyone who could help them, while Sowell continued his killing spree.

    Unseen, the documentary, looks into the world of sex work and how sex workers and other people on the margins of society are often ignored, leaving them vulnerable to violence and abuse. Not only do police not see them, society ignores them as well or in some cases publicly revels in their despair. It is a call to action: a call for us to start seeing these women as human beings who are workers, mothers, wives, sisters and friends undeserving of the terror they often face! It is more than a story of a serial killer-it is a story that gives names and faces to his victims and celebrates the strength of those who survived him.

    Join us as we watch the film together, then have discussion about the sex work industry and what we can do to help those most vulnerable to the monsters who prey on them.

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