- Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
- Venue: 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor
Organized by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Intersectional Feminist/Queer Studies Collective.
The film, by RCS members Yin Q and Yoon Grace Ra, follows Charlotte, a Korean massage worker and core organizer of Red Canary Song. Through her story, we learn how the incarceration system is pitted against Asian migrant women and their survival. Other RCS members, including Khokhoi, a young body worker, and Professor Elena Shih, Brown University, share powerful insights that debunk the myths of sex trafficking. Fly in Power is a glimpse into the intimate spaces that not only connect these workers, but is also a testament to the global advocacy of women’s rights to work and thrive. This is the first film to center the narrative of an Asian massage worker in her own words, with her own agency of storytelling and editing.
The screening is followed by a discussion, moderated by Gayatri Gopinath (Director, NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality), with filmmakers and cast members Charlotte, Yeonhoo Cho, and Yin Q.
Screening attendees are welcome to visit the exhibition, Our Inner Quarters, during extended gallery hours (12:00-9:30 p.m.) before or after the screening.
Accessibility note: This venue is on the third floor and is accessible via elevator. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please email email@example.com.
Image: Still from Fly in Power. Courtesy of the filmmakers.