Short 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.
Q&A with directors.
Hot Flash Havoc
Marc Bennett, USA, 2012, 88 min, Documentary
Hot Flash Havoc is a provocative and revealing documentary that offers audiences a crash-course in menopause. With poignant stories shared by real women and in-depth interviews with some of the world’s most noted experts, this film has the power to be a life-changing experience, and redefine what you thought you knew about “the change.”
(Festival Closing Film)
Brian De Palma, USA, 1976, 98 min, 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.