CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2022
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 97 minutes


When Sarah Jones wrote and performed her one-woman off-Broadway production Sell/Buy/Date, she aimed to tackle the age-old question, “Is sex work empowering or exploitative?” For her work, Jones received a plethora of praise for tackling the complexities and nuanced viewpoints in the sex industry. She also received a lot of criticism from sex workers for potentially exploiting an issue she had no real experience with. Incorporating the characters from her one-woman show, Jones tackles the backlash from her project head on, talking to a variety of people across the widely varied spectrum that is the sex industry: some who find it fulfilling and empowering, and some who find it incredibly harmful and are battling to end the sex trade all together. Highlighting the disproportionately negative impact the sex trade has on Indigenous women and women of color, SELL/BUY/DATE is a refreshingly reflective documentary, calling out its own flaws and contradictions as it dives into such a complex topic. Filled with surprising celebrity appearances, including Ilana Glazer, Rosario Dawson, and Bryan Cranston, SELL/BUY/DATE is as entertaining as it is informative. —G.S.

CIFF46 Screenings

Allen Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 2:35 PM

Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 7:35 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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