Period Piece

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Health-Medical Documentary published by Others in 1996 - English narration

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Period Piece a film about “that time of the month”

Co-directed by Jennifer Frame and Jay Rosenblatt 30 minutes • Beta SP • color • 1996

Recommended by Booklist and Library Journal

"PERIOD PIECE is a delightful and thoughtful film essay on the uneasy attitudes toward menstruation still prevalent in our culture." -Jean M. Humez, Professor, Women’s Studies, Univ. of Mass., Boston

Period Piece is a documentary about menarche -- a girl's first menstrual period -- which is a fundamental experience in every woman's life, yet one that is rarely celebrated.

Women of different ages (8-84) and multi-cultural backgrounds tell their menarchal stories with candor and humor. Their poignant stories reveal feelings about womanhood, family dynamics and society's complicated attitude toward menstruation. Interspersed throughout Period Piece, as counterpoint to what the women are saying, are portions of old 1950's educational films about menstruation.

Period Piece addresses the pain girls experience trying to negotiate their bodies and their culture. The subject of menarche is rarely mentioned publicly, and in many families it is not even broached in private. Rather than celebrate this coming of age, we hide it and women are advised to deodorize, sanitize, and remove the evidence. Women watching this film will discover their connectedness to others, and mothers are provided with a choice they may not have realized they had about how to aid their daughters in this important and often neglected life transition.

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Video Codec: XviD 1.0.3
Video Bitrate: 1596 kbps
Video Resolution: 640x480
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x0055 MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 128kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 29:58.000
Part Size: 371MB
Subtitles: no
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