REVIEW: LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
Every day in America, 10,000 teenagers catch a sexually transmitted disease, 2,400 young girls get pregnant and 20 young people are infected with HIV. Popular TV shows like Teen Mom and Skins feed a fascination for the subject but arenít about facts or practical solutions. LETíS TALK ABOUT SEX, a revealing look at American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality, combines real dialogue between real parents and youth, compelling statistics, animation, and archival material to paint an engaging yet urgent picture of American youth in crisis..
Leading photographer and commercial director James Houston was inspired to make the film after traveling the world, and realizing that, while American teens live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from Leviís to laptops, they are rarely afforded opportunities to discuss sex in an open, honest way. He travels to a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles where young girls are contemplating teen parenthood; to Washington, D.C., where HIV infection rates rival several African countries; and to the Netherlands, where the film-maker contrasts European attitudes about sex with those in America. The film concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions.
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