New Documentary Aims to Re-Educate Students about Reproduction and Intimacy

San Francisco, CA – On June 15 2016, Director Alex Liu launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to finish his feature documentary. The goal of the documentary is to strip away the shame and ignorance surrounding reproduction and physical intimacy. By telling the stories of premiere reproductive educators, researchers, and thinkers, the film will demonstrate the pleasure and power of comprehensive health education.

“I can’t stop thinking about how things might have been different for all of us if we all were guaranteed good reproductive education,” Liu says.

After a rigorous, global analysis, the United Nations declared in a 2014 report—and again in 2015—that access to comprehensive reproductive education was crucial in order to promote “the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.” They concluded that this education needs to be medically accurate, inclusive of all genders and orientations, positive, and rights-based. However, in America, 49 out of 50 states do not require such education. The one state that does—California—started comprehensive reproductive education only in January of this year.

Since graduating from the Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) at New York University, Liu has been producing videos on drug and reproductive education for his Science of Sin YouTube channel. Slate recently named it as one of its “Brilliant Ideas to Fix Science Education”. Four years and over 50 videos later, Liu now feels ready to move to the larger canvas of a feature documentary, using his accessible and slightly irreverent style of reporting to engage and entertain.

To finish the film, Liu plans to interview experts at the Kinsey Institute, attend comprehensive reproductive education classes with 12-year- olds, and with other key players who can help us understand the shame and negativity associated with pleasure and intimacy.

“Most people have way too much shame simply about feeling what they feel or thinking what they think,” says Rutgers University neuroscientist and physical education Nan Wise. “Pleasure is a dirty word.”

The Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its basic target of $7,000. It will now seek to double its funding with a $14,000 stretch goal. The funds will not only help finish the post production but also facilitate outreach activities and free screenings of the documentary around the country. The Kickstarter campaign will end July 29, 2016.

In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including your name in the ‘Thank You’ section of the credits for $10, a 7-minute Kickstarter exclusive sneak peek for $20, and more. Backers can also pledge $40 for a digital copy of the finished documentary or $100 for a chance to meet the director!

For more information, please visit the Kickstarter page here or contact the creator below.

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