RED UMBRELLA RIGHTS: Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Molly Merryman

Red Umbrella Rights is a vibrant and dynamic documentary about sex worker activists. Filmed in San Francisco, it features interviews with sex worker activists and utilizes ethnographic methods to capture event organizing and events. It focuses on founders of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and explores issues of sex workers’ rights, LGBTQ rights and the targeting of sex workers in violent attacks.

Join us on the 5th of December at Birkbeck, University of London between 3:30 and 5:00 for a free screening of the film. Molly Merryman, award winning filmmaker, will be in conversation with Julia Laite, a historian of sexual labour.  We are especially keen to welcome any sex workers and/or sex workers’ rights advocates to the post-film conversation.

Event is free but please register to secure a place!  Sign up here.

IMG_0995Molly Merryman, Ph.D., is the founding director of Kent State University’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. She holds faculty rank as an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. She is a documentary filmmaker and author. Her documentaries explore topics of social inequalities, have screened internationally and have received EMMY awards and film festival recognition. She has written a book, book chapters and journal articles that reflect an interdisciplinary range of interests.

Merryman serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Video Ethnography  (the only academic journal of peer-reviewed ethnographic films), the board of the International Visual Sociology Association, the organizing board of the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, and the advisory board for Sexing the Past (the UK national LGBTQ history education initiative).


Dr. Julia Laite is a Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and author of Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens:  Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1930, which explores the harmful impact of criminalization in the modern era. She is currently writing a critical history of the idea of ‘sex trafficking’ in the modern British world.

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