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The Art of Menstruation

  • Maysles Cinema 343 Lenox Ave New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The Art of Menstruation
Art, film and menstruation gently collide to create this diverse artists’ journey into the world of menstruation. The program will include a live performance by Swedish menstrual performance troupe, Mensmagi (Menstrual Magic).
Program followed by discussion with select directors and Mensmagi



Shark Week
Dir. Meg Skaff, USA, 2013, 3:47m, Music Video
Brooklyn rap trio, Hand Job Academy creates a music video about menstrual blood.
Dir. Barbara Hammer, USA, 1974, 4m, Experimental
A wry comedy on the ironic aspects of menstruation where women act out their own dramas on a California hillside, in a supermarket, in a red-filtered ritual of mutual bonding. 

Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Dir. Endam Nihan Tasbasi, USA, 2013, 10:33m
To disturb fixed ideas about women, bodies, and sexuality, the blue liquid from commercial advertisements for feminine hygiene products is swapped out for actual menstrual blood 

Dir. Zeinabu Irene Davis, USA, 1989, 17m, Experimental 
While waiting her period, a woman goes through a process of cleansing her home and body using African traditions.

No Body Ever Asked: A Cunabula Chapter
Dir. Egan Marie, USA, 2015, 30m, Documentary
After seeing intimate photographs of menstruating bodies, a group of women confront stories they've hidden for decades.

Dir. Beyon & Jess Z Chen, USA, 2014, 2m, Animation 
Based on a spoken word poem, Red is an exploration of body, blood, bravery, and love.

Co-presented by Women Make Movies