FULL FRAME: Sex ed through the ages

Mar. 27, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

“Sex(Ed) the Movie” (By Brenda Goodman; screening at 4 p.m. Thursday
in Cinema 3, Carolina Theatre
at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival)

Brenda Goodman’s documentary looks at sex education and changing sexual mores through the lens of educational films. It is equal parts film history and social history. Using archival footage and interviews from people who grew up in different eras, Goodman takes viewers back to the 1920s, to the films of the 1940s and 1950s that attempted to mold young people into good habits, to the sexual explosion of the 1960s and 1970s, to AIDS and the abstinence education movement.
Some 100,000 sex education films have been made in this country since film was invented. What is rare among them, what Goodman shows with such good taste, is how few of them give information that is accurate but also celebrates and acknowledges the importance of sexuality in being human.

--Cliff Bellamy, The Herald-Sun