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      June 16, 2020

      Tuesday   6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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      Chicago, Illinois 60639

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      "Unlearning Sex" Film Q&A

      "Unlearning Sex" - 38-minute documentary film - A front row seat to a survivors six-month journey through sexual trauma therapy & healing, and reclaiming her body. Soft Cage Films is proud to partner with local filmmaker Zanah Thirus for a virtual Q&A on June 16th at 6:30pm CT. Local activist Troi Valles will moderate a discussion with Zanah Thirus and her therapist Anisha Cooper before taking questions from the community. Registration is FREE but limited to 50 people! Once registered, you will receive a link to the full film (active from June 1-14) and an invite to the Q&A Zoom event on June 16th. Unlearning Sex is a documentary film that follows my six month journey through sexual trauma therapy and healing. In addition to audio clips from therapy, this film features interviews from trauma therapists, sex educators, and activists. My goal with this film is for people to learn about sexual assault, trauma, and sex education, while watching someone heal in real time. http://www.zanahthirus.com/unlearningsexdoc Directed & Edited by Zanah Thirus Produced by Zanah Thirus & Marquelle Young Cinematography by Bria Brown, Colbie Fray, Blake Bodden and Jessica Tolliver. Script supervisor- Michael Chris Gaffer - Jon Benson Sound Mix - Batsirayi Zesaguli PA's - Tamara Young & Kayla Jordan Director Biography - Zanah Thirus Zanah is an actress, producer, writer, and director from Chicago IL. After being homeschooled until she was fifteen years old, she began her college career. Her love for filmmaking sparked after years of acting in a drama team, and various independent films. She received her masters degree in cinema production from DePaul University at the age of twenty two, and began her career in independent filmmaking and content production in 2015. In 2016, Zanah won Best Female Director for her short film Hourglass at the Cineplay Film Awards. Her festival credits as a filmmaker include Official Selection - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival (2016), Best Student Documentary - London Independent Film Awards (2017), Semi Finalist at The German United Film Festival (2018), and Finalist at Cinema Los Angeles Film Festival (2018). In addition to her international credits, five of her films are streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Since launching her brand, Zanah Thirus Productions LLC, Zanah has shifted her focus to merging arts and activism though documentary and narrative storytelling. Her films surround subjects such as gender, race, politics, and mental health. In 2019, her feature documentary- Black Feminist - was an official selection at the Bronze Lens Festival of Atlanta. That same year- her short film, Demons, was also nominated for Best Short Film at the Content Creators of Atlanta Awards. Shortly after her most decorated year, Zanah was named one of Diversity in Cannes Top 10 Filmmakers of the Decade. Director Statement As a society, most of us dont understand sexual assault, and the impact of trauma on ones life. We give no room to nuance. We raise boys to think that sex is something to obtain from women, rather than a mutually shared experience. We shame girls for being sexual beings. We teach fear based sex ed. We box masculinity in a way that treats men as predators, giving no space for them to process trauma of their own. And the black community, especially, seems to overlook how much sexual trauma impacts our everyday lives. Ive chosen to put my healing journey in front of the world in hopes to be the change that I want to see. I hope survivors everywhere can watch this documentary, and gain the strength to start their own healing process. I hope that this documentary opens dialogue among all people, of all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation, and races. I truly hope that sharing my journey saves livesbecause healing from trauma is the only reason Im here (and sane) today.


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