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Who Cares

FRI, NOV 9 - SUN, NOV 11 / 7 pm
DIR. ROSIE DRANSFELD
2012 | CANADA | 79 MIN

Panel discussion to follow the opening night screening. Panelists include Who Cares director Rosie Dransfeld, Edmonton police officer Russ Hewson, and Courtney Heather.

Viewers are encouraged to show up early at 6:00 PM on Friday Nov. 9 to donate funds and bring winter clothing – hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens to the lobby of ARTSPACE to donate to several Winnipeg community outreach groups. Groups will include Ndinawe, Salvation Army, Jane Runner, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre and Sage House – a street women’s health,outreach and resource centre to women and transgendered women. They will all have information table displays on their programs.

Rosie Dransfeld’s character-driven, cinéma vérité films are powerful pieces of poetry on the human condition. She started her career in Germany and worked on TV programming before moving to Canada. For TVO, she produced and directed Broke, about an inner city pawnshop, which won the Donald Brittain Gemini Award for Best Social/Political Documentary.

Russ Hewson is a police officer with the Edmonton City Police (EPS) who had been assigned to work with Project Kare.

Courtney Heather, one of the major figures in Who Cares has been a street prostitute for about 20 years. She tried to get off many times and has been in detox 26 times! She is 35 years old and has been clean and off the streets for seven years now. She has many health issues, ranging from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to Hepatitis C and Diabetes.

Award-winning master of vérité cinema, Rosie Dransfeld enters the gritty and dangerous world of Edmonton’s sex trade workers to craft a powerful new film about women caught in a heartbreaking cycle of addiction, violence and prostitution. Courtney, known as the “prostitute from 107th Avenue,” struggles to stay clean; Shelly takes care of everyone but herself when she’s not on crystal meth; and Nancy, a sweet young girl, explains her bruises away as accidents.They drop into the Reno Pub to get out of the cold, shoot a game of pool and swap stories with the bartender about their lives and their dreams of getting straight. Meanwhile, in this post-Pickton era where the unthinkable is a gruesome reality, out on the streets women voluntarily provide DNA samples to an RCMP task force investigating the unsolved murders of women so their next of kin can be notified if the worst should happen

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