Menstrual health: Periods without taboos?
Discussion to follow in livestream on fifdh.org
Menstrual blood is an awkward subject. The cost of sanitary protection, so-called "pink" taxes, pain, barriers blocking access to education or hygiene and therefore to health, are all regularly overlooked by political and social agendas. Today, activists and entrepreneurs are speaking out about the situation and proposing courses of action to counter this invisible situation in order to recognise the full diversity of experiences of the persons concerned. Is it possible to talk openly about menstruation nowadays, overcoming shame and taboos?
Filmed over 6 days - the average length of menstruation - WOMENstruate shares the lives and daily routines of seven African women through their experiences of menstruation, revealing the discrimination and the consequences on their health and self-image.
Sunday 8 March
Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle
livestream on fifdh.org
Lauren Anders Brown Filmmaker of WOMENstruate
Axelle De Sousa Activist against menstrual precariousness
Ayanda Dlamini Protagonist in WOMENstruate
Jamie Raines LGBT+ Activist, raising awareness on transmen period experiences
Anne-Claire Adet Co-director of the festival Les Créatives
by Lauren Anders Brown
What could be more mundane and ordinary than a woman’s period? And yet for many women, periods come with stigma and taboos. WOMENstruate offers an insight into the menstrual experience of seven women across Africa. Shot in six days, the average length of menstruation, this comprehensive documentary defends the trivialization of menstruation, despite it still being emblematic of much discrimination against women.
- Section: Competition - Grand reportage
- Original language: English, Portuguese & Zulu
- Subtitles: English & French
Lauren Anders Brown
- Caroline Topouzoglou
- Michael Boubila
Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa, Sudan & Zimbabwe
Autour de Serendipity : Prune Nourry, de l’intime au cinéma
Wednesday 11 March