Join hosts Tim and Shannon as they discuss the taboos behind menstruation. They will delve into how periods are viewed in religion, why women keep it a secret, the cost, and access to the supplies, as well as intimacy during that time of the month. We will be speaking to our Awaken Star, Diana Fabianova, a Documentary Filmmaker, along with our Goodwill Partner, Florence Akara, the Director of Femme International.
The writer-director of the award-winning feature, The Moon Inside You (2009), Diana Fabiánová, is the documentary filmmaker of the Young Slovak Wave. Fabiánová has pioneered a personal, engaging documentary style, using animation, vintage film clips and autobiographical elements as well as classic interviews, achieving a unique tone described by Variety as "absolutely, riotously right."
The Moon Inside You premiered at the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival as a part of Semaine de la Critique (the first Slovak entry ever) in August 2009 and has since been shown in over 150 festivals all over the World, being most notably chosen by the American Film Institute to represent the European New Wave in Washington DC, as well as in the European Parliament in Brussels, being screened in Montréal, Chicago, London, Paris, Melbourne, Mumbai, Tunis, etc. Co-produced by ARTE and STV, the film was pre-bought by number of European television networks as well as by the US educational program for colleges and Universities MED. It had its theatrical release in May 2010 in Spain and Canada and in 2011 in Australia.
Florence is the managing director at Femme International. She identifies as a pan-African feminist. She aims to use her skill and knowledge, and voice to improve access to equal opportunities for African women. Field stories from Femme continue to inspire her efforts a Menstrual health justice warrior at Femme. She hopes to represent African women's rights in a leadership position in the African Union or UN.
Femme International is a non-profit committed to teaching females in developing countries about menstrual health, and providing sustainable forms of menstrual management.