Sunami Dove is the 9th incarnation of Rossita, born at the intersection of film and law, a dystopian trial and collective subconscious rising.

Artist Statement

Some people think I am ungrateful. The rule of law doesn’t care about who is grateful or not. This case stopped being about me as soon as evidence was closed on March 15, 2016.

In our North-American system, judge-made law is the main source of law. Once a judgment is signed, it is no longer just about the parties, it becomes a precedent applying to everyone. Published forever, it can It be cited by other parties. For example, if one day I decide to practice, I know exactly how I can use the judgments written about me against all kinds of vulnerable persons, creditors, copyright owners. I know how to exploit content I don’t own, because by the time someone files for an injunction, the profit will be made, the content will be taken down, only to reappear later on a different platform in a different jurisdiction.

It is the nature of the legal profession to fight for a client, especially when that client is a “bad person”. Duty of loyalty is owed to a client long after a retainer is over. It can become oppressive, that’s why so many lawyers hate their jobs. Some clients have political connections and it becomes even harder to remain ethical. I don’t have to convince anyone of the disaster that ensues when sex gets political, how somehow lawyers end up paying the price for what clients ask them to do (watch the news, Michael Cohen, NDA’s, etc)

Yet, it is the most noble ever profession. That’s why it was so important for me to send a clear message that I was ready to lose everything and have my damages reassessed, so long as other people are spared the bullying and slut shaming. No matter how broke I was at the moment I won this case, I was never going to become an accomplice with a slut-shaming precedent.

That being said, I am now clean before God, Queen, and Country, and most of all the public. Having dissociated myself from all retrograde opinions, my integrity is intact, now I can touch the money, As nominal as it seems, it will help me to reimburse my student loans.

I know a lot about the weaknesses of the system, about who does their job, and most importantly who doesn’t. There is a lot to be gotten away with through the inefficiency of the system itself. However, when bullying is the only way out of a case, it means that the bullied party has a really strong case as a matter of law.

This final application copyrights the story of the case as the basis of a documentary series on non-access to justice. Once again, this is not about me, but about 4 judgments that don't seem to agree with each other.

(1) The first episode, Credibility Idol. documents the distinctions, exclusions, and preferences based on sex and gender identity in our justice system.

(2) Episode 2 centers on the main obstacles of access to justice: incompetence, "human errors", and overcharging.

(3) Episode 3 expands on artificial intelligence as the only hope to fix incompetence and "human errors". We don't mean to literally replace humans by the latest AI (like we may have once hinted) but human work has to be closely supervised by robot "assistants", in order to give litigants a chance.

(4) Episode 4, Utopia (which may or may not see the day depending on future financing) will be a special on how law school operates in its own idealistic bubble. If only the system reflected what is taught in law school, the world would be a better place.

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