STORY

Ava, a 12 year old girl, has her first period in class. Her skirt is stained red. She's up next to deliver a presentation in front of all her peers. Will she find a way out of the situation?

STORY

My Time is a short film about a girl and her first period.

Ava, a 12 year old girl, has her first period in class. Her skirt is stained red.

She's up next to deliver a presentation in front of all her peers.

Will she find a way out of the situation?

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

"This film is inspired by something most women will have experienced in their lives:

an embarrassing period story.

 

My own took place in the classroom of a Catholic School in Italy when I was 12 and the memory stayed with me for the rest of my life. No matter where you're from, you most certainly grew up with this same thought:

menstrual blood is something to hide, be ashamed of, disgusting. 

It's now 2019, fourteen years after I stained myself in school.

And yet according to Plan International, 48% of girls still feel embarrassed about their period and claim to have been bullied about it. 49% have missed a whole day of school because of their period. 1 in 10 girls can't afford menstrual products. Tampon tax is still a thing.

 

Menstrual blood is still a taboo. It's time to switch the narrative.

 

My Time is dedicated to all the brave girls and women smashing period stigma everyday.

Asking for tampons without whispering, without hiding them.

Standing proud, showing their blood with no shame.

Menstruation matters. Girls matter.

This film matters."

 

- Giulia Gandini