Moushumi Ghose, a Los Angeles based sex-positive therapist journeys to the desert to explore marginalized sexual communities, and religious sexual trauma.
First stop: The Nevada Brothels
On the fringes, and outskirts of America, in some of the most rural, and final frontiers of the Wild West, sexuality exists in quiet exile.
The stigma around prostitution limits women's autonomy, and perpetuates shame and guilt around sex for both men and women. Brothels are currently illegal in the United States, except in rural Nevada. Prostitution outside these licensed brothels is illegal in the United States. Society vilifies men and objectifies women in the prostitution business, yet it is the oldest profession in the world.
In Part 1, this film journeys first to the legitimate sex worker industry in Nevada to talk to women who work in the legal prostitution business.
Second Stop: Colorado City, Arizona, Home to Secret Polygamist Society, Salt Lake City, New York City
Then, in Part 2, we visit the bordertowns of Arizona and Utah where fundamental religious zealots, such as the excommunicated Mormon polygamists communities, exist from society, isolated, while possibly perpetuating an illegal sex trade of sorts, protected by the First Amendment.
Third Stop: Los Angeles, CA, USA
And, finally we in Part 3 will journey through the desert from Salt Lake City to California where Prop 8 was passed to ban same sex marriage in 2008, an act initiated largely by the Mormon church. We visit New York City, home of Stonewall, and meet with some experts on same sex marriage, monogamy, and true unchartered sexual freedom that the LGBTQ community saw in the 70's before the AIDS crisis.
From Darvo Hi Films, and Orbit Alien Media in conjunction with Overlooked Productions
27 William St, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10005
Moushumi Ghose, MA MFT, creator/director, is a licensed psychotherapist and author specialzing in sex-positive psychotherapy and works with couples and individuals in the greater Los Angeles area. She takes us on a journey to the Wild West to uncover attitudes about sex, religion and more.
Chris Knitter of Overlooked Productions from Kansas City shoots along side Mou through her adventures in the desert.
Director: Moushumi Ghose
Cinematographer: Chris Knitter
Editor: Erik Lindgren
Sound Editor: Jarrod Kenney
Composers: Emil Khanlarian, Tommy Alexander and Imaginary Persons, Jarrod Kenney, Moushumi Ghose