This is a guest post by Echo Zen. Echo is a feminist filmmaker and women’s health advocate who works to educate communities and families about health, sexuality and respect. His goal is to someday honour his peers by becoming a champion for reproductive justice, through his work as an educator and filmmaker. In his spare time he bakes pasta, reads children’s books and designs puppets from household objects.
As we’re uploading this video on Oct 20th, 2011, the anti-choicers in the U.S. are once again trying to push “personhood” for fertilised eggs on the American people – this time in Mississippi! Help our allies by donating to Mississippians for Healthy Families, as their coalition of doctors, parents and women’s health advocates fight to stop Initiative 26 from criminalising birth control, miscarriage and emergency contraception for rape victims: http://www.votenoon26.org/
So in this short film, the year is 2020. Extremist politicians have taken over America and banned condoms (along with facts and common sense). Underground networks have arisen to help smuggle condoms to desperate communities. In response, government operatives are authorised to terminate condom smugglers on sight. The result is an explosion of condoms, satire and brutal hand-to-hand action between trained assassins and smugglers.
Transcript below the fold.
(Assassin #2 gets a phone call from his Handler.)
ASSASSIN #2: What is it?
HANDLER (V.O.): Our operative failed to terminate her.
(Cue flashback of a fight between Smuggler and Assassin #1, ending in defeat and humiliation for Assassin #1.)
ASSASSIN #2: So now you want me to take her out.
HANDLER (V.O.): Of course! This isn’t 2008, this is the year 2020! We’ve already taken back America from the radicals, the subversives who think sexually active people have a right to protection. Right now that condom smuggler is transporting her contraband to some safe house somewhere, where she’s no doubt stockpiling even more health devices that can be used to prevent HIV and protect community health. We’ve given you the location of the smuggler’s suspected safe house. Show this criminal what happens when you promote safer sex.
(Assassin #2 tracks Smuggler to her safe house. They fight. Their fight turns into a showdown between a purple vibe and a rolled-up copy of “Ms. Magazine.” Smuggler ultimately defeats Assassin #2 with condoms.)
ASSASSIN #2: Ah! Condoms! No! Uh!
SMUGGLER: That’s right, condoms. They’re at least 85 percent effective against HIV, even if you don’t believe in them.
ASSASSIN #2: Well? Aren’t you going to kill me now?
SMUGGLER: No. Unlike you, my job is to protect everyone’s health and safety.
(Cue credits, accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of ASSASSIN #2 and CREW MEMBER.)
ASSASSIN #2: So, Mr. Director, I don’t get it. My character’s against condoms, but HIV kills millions of people a year!
CREW MEMBER: Well, there are lots of people like your character who put politics over people’s safety all the time. Phyllis Schlafly, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann…
ASSASSIN #2: Michele Bachmann? Who’s…?
CREW MEMBER: Oh, she’s a comedian who, you know, says silly things.
ASSASSIN #2: Hmm. So we shouldn’t think of this so much as a political issue as we should think of it as a health issue.
CREW MEMBER: And that’s why we made this video. :-)