The Unmentionables Film Festival
All-Access Pass ($95)

Save money, receive free festival swag, and ensure that you have priority seating to all festival screenings.  Priority seating for pass holders will be held until 15 minutes before show time. (Read more)

Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Global Perspectives on Menstruation
This program of film shorts and a panel highlights the global movement to empower women and girls with menstrual hygiene education and resources
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Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Maysles Cinema

The Stranger Within: Fibroid Stories
Dirs. Roderick Giles & PaSean Wilson-Ashley, USA, 2015
This film profiles PaSean Wilson-Ashley, Beverly Johnson, Rhonda Ross, and other women as they share their experiences with uterine fibroids (benign tumors), a condition that disproportionately affects African American women and can cause debilitating pain. (Read more)

Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Maysles Cinema

EndoTruths: Infertility and Mental Health
Directed by Casey Berna, USA, 2015, 38m
Endometriosis is a commonly misdiagnosed condition that is often severely painful and can have devastating effects on a woman's fertility.  
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Monday, June 15, 2015 @ 9:00pm

Menstruation: Getting It, Living with It, or Losing It!

Featuring true (mostly funny) stories from Judy Gold (comedian and currently starring in Clinton, The Musical), Deborah Copaken Kogan (NY Times Bestselling author of The Red Book and Shutterbabe), Maria Falzone (comedian and sexpert college lecturer), Alexandria Collins (actor/ filmmaker), Marla Schultz (comedian), and Dani Klein Modisett (comedian and author of the upcoming Take My Spouse, Please).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Maysles Cinema

The Unmentionable Intersections:
Black Trans Folks Speak on Menstruation

Featuring short films and live storytelling from the black trans and non-gender conforming community, The Unmentionable Intersections will present powerful stories about bodies, health, gender, race, self-determination, menstruation, and more. (Read more)

Reception to follow

Co-presented by Black Trans Media

Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Moon Inside You
Dir. Diana Fabianova, Slovakia, 2009, 76m, Doc.
Moon Inside You explores the cultural stigmas and physical realities that shape how women and men experience menstruation. (Read more)

Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Speyer Hall @ University Settlement

Water Children
Dir. Aliona van der Horst, Netherlands, 2011, 75m, Doc. Water Children follows the unconventional Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she explores the miracle of fertility and the cycle of life, by constructing “a cathedral” out of 12,000 white silk dresses in a village in Japan.  

Screening followed by a live performance and conversation with film subject Tomoko Mukaiyama, and a reception.

Co-presented by Women Make Movies and Menstrupedia

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Menstruation for Beginners
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, followed by a talk from our guest menstrual health educators.  (Read more)

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Shorts Series 1:
Menstrual Management & Mishap

A menstruating puppy eludes a young group of brothers; a self-taught mechanic designs a groundbreaking low-cost sanitary pad machine; and a young girl attempts to fast-track her way to womanhood through somewhat unconventional means.  (Read more)

Enjoy this collection of unexpected (and sometimes humorous) short films about the fine art of managing menstruation.

Screening followed by Q&A with select directors

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 6:15pm
Maysles Cinema

Period: The End of Menstruation?
Dir. Giovanna Chesler, USA, 2005, 53m, Documentary
As millions of women and girls take shots and pills to stop their periods, Period: The End of Menstruation? explores the cultural and medical side effects of menstrual suppression. 
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Screening followed by Q&A with director, Giovanna Chesler, and reception

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 8:30pm
Maysles Cinema

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

Co-presented by Women Make Movies

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 8:30pm
Maysles Cinema

Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Shorts Series 2:
Period Stories from the First to the Last

Excitement… disappointment… shame… relief… elation… every girl has a different reaction to her menarche (first menses). This collection of first period stories explores these emotions and more.  The Program closes with a refreshing look at life after menopause.  (Read more)

Screening followed by Q&A with select directors

Co-presented by Menstrupedia

Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Hot Flash Havoc
Dir. Marc Bennett, USA, 2012, 88m, Doc.
Hot Flash Havoc is a provocative and revealing documentary that offers audiences a crash-course in menopause. (Read more)

Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Maysles Cinema

Shorts Series 3: Menstruation: Intimate Portraits
Who are you, when you bleed?  A photographer dares menstruating women to bare a side of themselves they have never seen; a filmmaker asks trans and intergender persons to reflect on the meaning of menstruation; and a woman reveals herself to her lover by describing the wonders of her cycle.  These are just a few of the stories that comprise this raw collection, in which menstruation becomes a catalyst for reflection and discovery. (Read more)

Screening followed by Q&A with select directors

Co-presented by Women Make Movies

Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Maysles Cinema 

Directed by Brian De Palma, USA, 1976, 98m, Narrative
Stephen King’s Carrie is the seminal menstruation horror story. De Palma’s film adaptation of this groundbreaking narrative tells the story Carrie, a sheltered teen, whose life is thrown into turmoil when she experiences her first period.  Shunned at school and at home, Carrie’s menstrual shame sets the stage for her ultimate revenge. (Read more)

Pre-screening Reception