Over 18: The Question is Not Enough
A New MEF Film about Pornography
Pornography is now a multibillion-dollar industry and one of the primary ways kids learn about sex, gender, power, and pleasure. Yet discussions about porn in the mainstream have tended to focus narrowly on moral issues rather than the pornography industry’s power as a pedagogical and cultural force. With their clear-eyed film Over 18, filmmakers Jared and Michelle Brock force us to confront these larger issues.
Ranging from the print era to today, Over 18 examines how pornography has radically changed with the rise of the internet, traces its impact on young people, parents, and porn actors, and explains why kids, in particular, are susceptible to porn addiction. In addition to interviews with porn producers, ex-porn actors, and scholars, the film highlights the story of Joseph, a 13-year-old boy who is recovering from a porn addiction that began when he was nine years old.
PRAISE FOR THE FILM
A powerful documentary. It discusses the prevalence & accessibility of online porn as well as effects such as addiction and the damage porn use can cause including the objectification and abuse of women and children. While the film talks about a mature subject matter (recommended viewing 16 plus) the material is NOT gratuitous or triggering.
— The Walleye
Examines the impact of porn on relationships, body image, consent, safe sex, and more in an age where youth can access porn with a swipe of their smartphone, often for free.
— Omar Mosleh, Metronews - Toronto
Although Over 18 is disturbing to watch, its interviews with former pornography addicts, former pornography performers, and heads of porn recovery ministries show that there’s hope for anyone negatively impacted by porn.
— Claire Chretien, Lifesite News