Monthlies: The Moon Inside You for Teens

Synopsis

What is menstruation? What changes in a girl’s life when it first arrives? The Monthlies represents a fresh view of a taboo impacting the world of girls (and boys) to a larger extent than it may first seem. With humor and irony it discloses misbeliefs, prejudices and rules of the “menstrual etiquette“ that still persist not only in the remote parts of the world but also in our modern society.

Dominika

Dominika

The journey of a young girl begins with innocent curiosity and gradually turns into a witty and emotional exploration of the roots of femininity and life. The film’s main character is 12-year-old Dominika from Slovakia whose journey we follow through the video diary she had been filming for three years. Together with her we experience the joy and pain of growing up and finding out who she really was. In a parallel with Dominika, we also see the world of the Indian girl Rajani who is living through a similar experience but in a completely different way. In her world, menstruation is still celebrated in a unique Indian ritual. The film Monthlies shows the “other side of the Moon“: the side that’s friendly yet astonishingly mysterious and unexplored.

Why this movie?

During two years worth of research for the feature version of our film The Moon Inside You, we realized that more than 80 % of the girls have a negative attitude towards their upcoming menstruation. For many of them it is  really unclear what else is related with menstruation other than “knowing” that it will hurt or that it’s something to be ashamed of. By making this new version of the film, addressed to young audience and girls specifically, we want to break down the prejudices and negative expectations that make the women-to-be fearful. The “certainty” of expected pain will make them more likely to blindly follow certain pharmaceutical advice, such as using contraceptives in order to prevent PMS and colateral menstruation effects, resulting in harming their health in the long term. Our intention is to bring girls a deeper knowledge and understanding of their bodies. To raise their interest in exploring about their own nature. To free them of the false burden that ” the pain is part of being a women”.  On the other hand, we want that the young boys would know what’s going on within  their mates, so they wouldn’t need to make fun of them while they are trying to hide something their “shameful” periods. Our goal is to tell a story in a fairy tale way. No film has been made about this important issue with a didactical or medical approach. We want to talk about the magical journey of the girl  becoming a woman, in a very positive and visually compelling way. We’ll tell about some other ways in the world of reaching that moment, as happens in the Tamil community, in the south of India, who celebrate the menarche of the girl in a jolly and colourful way. Our aim is to show it to wider world, helping open the vision on what  menstruation can  mean. We would be so thankful if we can count of you on this mission.  Help us change the old paradigms . Be part of the change.

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