Fly in Power

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Fly in Power

Fly in Power follows the community of Asian and migrant massage parlour workers, sex workers and allies in Red Canary Song – highlighting their practices of care, survival, and community amidst their fight against the incarceration and trafficking systems.

Fly in Power (FIP) spotlights the work of Asian migrant massage and sex workers of Red Canary Song (RCS), a mutual aid, abolitionist collective based in Flushing, NYC. We follow the stories of Charlotte (a Korean massage worker/poet), KhoKhoi (bodyworker/healer), and Prof. Elena Shih (Brown University, global human trafficking researcher) as well as the broader Red Canary Song community. The film is a glimpse into their practices of care, autonomy, and survival against the oppressive systems that face Asian massage parlour workers and sex workers. Calling for ‘rights, not rescue’ these women and non-binary queers fight for their community, for decriminalization, and debunking the myths of sex trafficking that pervade the Asian diaspora. 

In 2023 Fly in Power won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the LAAPFF. It has been screened at festivals such as the San Francisco Sex Worker Arts and Film Festival, Red Umbrella Film Festival, The 46th Asian International Film Festival, Tucson Sex Worker Film Festival, as well as at numerous academic institutions and community screenings nationally and globally. 

Yoon Grace Ra, USA, 2023, ‘79, Korean, English, Mandarin, Spanish with English Subtitles

 

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