To right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, 36-year-old Alex Liu goes on a quest to uncover naked truths and hard facts—no matter how awkward it gets.
A film by Alex Liu and Leonardo Neri
Produced by Steven Flynn
From neuroscience labs to church pews, A Sexplanation features provocative conversations with psychologists, sex researchers—and even a Jesuit priest. With humor and grit, Alex takes audiences on a playful, heartfelt journey from a shame-filled past to a happier, healthier future.
Like with many American youth in the 90s, Alex’s school taught that sex before marriage was wrong. His classes showed shocking childbirth videos and all-too-graphic images of people with untreated HIV/AIDS. Because he knew he was gay, these tactics worked to suppress his sexuality.
Still, Alex’s overwhelming curiosity compelled him to secretly surf the world of online pornography. This led Alex down a path of shame and isolation that eventually turned to suicidal thoughts. Convinced that sex would destroy him, Alex didn't talk to anyone.
Now in his 30s and out of the closet, Alex has turned fear and loathing into something positive and humorous. The documentary, A Sexplanation, seeks to turn his personal pursuit of shame-free pleasure into a call for comprehensive sex education for everyone.