Holly Boy’s new documentary Dirty Honey Clothing is an unflinching look at the sex trade that has flourished in the wake of the AIDS crisis.
The film is a fascinating look at one of the most lucrative businesses in America and is the story of a woman who grew up with a mother who was a prostitute, a mother and grandmother who made a living in the business, and a family of five who are now the face of the industry.
“When I heard about the documentary, I thought it would be very interesting,” Boy told Newsweek.
“I’m not a big fan of the sex business, but I have to admit I was a little intrigued.”
Boy, 36, said she was inspired by the work of women like Amy Goodman, who has explored the sex trafficking industry through the eyes of a young woman who was just 12 years old when she was forced into prostitution and then forced to sell her body for $1,500 a day.
“I was very curious and interested, and when the trailer came out I was very impressed,” she said.
“It was very beautiful and it showed a very real, honest story.
I was like, wow, that’s so cool.
I knew from the trailer that I had to do this.”
Boy said she’s also a huge fan of The Wire, which she watched while filming the documentary.
“The Wire is about the power of people, the power and the corruption that happens in the world and that is something I relate to,” she explained.
“A lot of women who have been victims of this are survivors and they see this as a huge problem.
I wanted to be able to capture the power, the corruption and the abuse and the cruelty of the world of prostitution, which is just so beautiful.”
Dirty Honey Clothing, which premieres on HBO on February 11, follows Holly as she tries to get her life back on track following the suicide of her mother, and attempts to navigate the sexual and financial world that her family is living in.
She said she had a lot of advice from her mother who told her to keep working, to take care of her sisters and to stay strong.
“My mother is so good about telling me that she doesn’t want me to get discouraged,” she recalled.
“She knows that she’s not alone, that there are other people out there that are doing the same thing.
It was really empowering to see her on camera and see that people are still doing the work and are still being strong.”
The film is also a great way to tell her story to a wider audience, Boy said.
“This documentary is really about a woman and her story, and it’s really important for women to know that there’s so much work to be done,” she added.
“Women need to be empowered, and they need to understand that we can make a difference and we can have a positive impact on the world.”