The mission of Sacred Energy Exchange is to challenge and reevaluate the way we see sexuality.
By telling a personal story of polyandry, kink, and masturbation, Iyanna offers a different way to digest topics that no one truly talks about. The film provides an opportunity for conversation; not only to express the things we never say, but to also eliminate the shame behind those secrets.
The ultimate mission is to inspire people to know themselves sexually, and to normalize learning their body before anyone else has a chance to misuse and abuse it.
"The Sacred Energy Exchange Film gives an audio and visual experience I never knew I needed until now. It was delivered in such a poetic way that made it personal and moving. The way the narrator expressed her experiences were not only unique, but also universal. The film is produced in a way that allows anyone to connect and feel empowered by what society tends to consider a taboo."
"A visually stunning film. A lucid glimpse into the formative memories of a girl discovering her sexuality. Sacred Energy Exchange is refreshing, radical, authentic, and brilliant.
I believe watching this film would be beneficial for people who’ve never heard of polyandry/kink, as well as well-seasoned practitioners. Through her contemplative yet comedic storytelling, Iyanna elucidates the emotional experiences that many can relate to, yet many of us find so difficult to verbalize.
The unapologetic telling of intimate moments, of sexual moments, is inspiring and empowering. Watching and listening to Iyanna lovingly narrate her memories made me realize how much more we could be expressing self-love through our own sexuality. This film made me want to talk about my clit more!"
Grace "Seunginah" Yoo
"Iyanna James Stephenson’s film Sacred Energy Exchange is a film that I believe every woman and young adult would benefit from watching. It is very apparent that there was a lot of thought, careful planning, and a very specific intention behind this film. Even though the film starts off with one individual’s story, it journeys into a path so relevant that, no matter your views, sexual needs, preferences, experiences, and curiosities, you are left feeling empowered. The film is shot intimately, which allows the viewer to feel as if the story is being told to them personally, edited in a way that allows the viewer to feel safe being immersed within the story, and written in a way that helps us take a look upon our own journey. It is sensual, enjoyable, comical, and leaves you feeling with a sense of sisterhood, not only with the story teller, but with our fellow women. I believe the world is a better place because of the existence of this film, and recommend it to all women and young ladies who are sexually active or are thinking about becoming sexually active."
"We live in such a sexist world, where men are always seen as the dominant figure when it comes to sex. If a man has multiple partners, he is seen as “THEE MAN” but if a woman does it, she’s labeled a “HO”. I think the film channels the change of that narrative pretty well by Iyanna being vulnerable about her views and experiences on polyamory. I also think that the film is a voice for all women who’ve dealt with that stigma in today’s world and it offers lots of informational tools to those who’ve been closed minded about it.
If we’re taking an African Spirituality approach to the film, we understand that the majority of women in tribes from our ancestors practiced polyamory and some still do in Africa today. Some of our Orishas like Erzulie Freda, the Goddess of love, wealth, and abundance, is known to have multiple partners as well. It is the reason this particular spirit is very intimate with men once she is called during a ritual or ceremony.
Furthermore, society has always had a limited perception of masturbation, which is connected to guilt and seen as sinful or blasphemous, as mentioned in the film. From a [religious] context, women and women’s rights are degraded in the Bible. The woman is seen as shameful if she wears something too revealing. Or she tends to be seen as less than a man, which has caused a lot of uprising today in connection to equal pay in the corporate world and power in marriage.
Sacred Energy Exchange is also a depiction of one’s sexual liberation and body positivity. One should not be judged because of their preferences when it comes to intimacy, which the film covers so beautifully. I’m hoping that Iyanna turns this into a feature or series so we can see more of her visuals, the anecdotes with her partners and their [own sexual] views. I want to see more."