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MENSTRUATION FOR BEGINNERS

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

Menstruation for Beginners (Recommended for ages 9-14)
Menstruation for Beginners will provide young people with a kid-friendly period-positive introduction to menstruation. The program will include a multi-cultural selection of age-appropriate films from around the world, which explore various menstrual experiences, cultural practices and beliefs. Following the films, our guest menstrual health educators, will discuss a range of adolescent menstrual issues, encouraging young people to develop a healthy and happy relationship with this very natural occurrence.

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FEATURED FILMS

First Period
Dirs. Krishnaveni V, Shipra Prasad, Swati Shelar and Yuhina Lachungpa
India, 2013, 2:58m, Animation

Shivani and Sayani are best friends. When Shivani gets her first period at school, the reactions of classmates send Sayani home angry and confused, but also curious.

Queen Christina (Reyna Christina)
Dir. Pia Larina Dimagiba, Philippines, 2015, 12:06m, Narrative
Queen Christina tells the story of the coming of age of Christina on the night of her town's Santacruzan, a Filipino religious folk pageant. Christina is insecure of her femininity because she has yet to menstruate despite her age. Due to unforeseen circumstances, she was forced to join the Santacruzan with the urging of her mother. The night of the Santacruzan causes her to deal with her worries and fears as a girl on the verge of adolescence. 

A Period Piece
Dir. Camille Holder-Brown, USA, 2005, 20m, Narrative
A Period Piece tells the story of a young girl afraid of getting her first period.

Monthlies
Dir. Diana Fabianova, Slovakia, 2014, 30m, Documentary
What is menstruation? What changes in a young girl's life when it first arrives? Monthlies is an upbeat film that explores menstruation through the eyes of young girls and boys (ages 11-16) around the world. The film is guided by fun animations and insight from a physician.