' Her First Time ' - Let's Talk Periods #Review
This 8-minute long short-film is Divya Unny's debut short film.This short film explores the importance of first time menstruation in the child's as well as the parents' life.
The first periods are as special as the first love.For every girl it is the significant phase as it brings in the celebration of her first step into womanhood.
It also comes with a lot of taboo , anxiety , panic and nervousness.
This 8-minute long short-film is Divya Unny's debut short film.This short film explores the importance of first time menstruation in the child's as well as the parents' life.The story revolves around how a father deals with his daughter's first time periods.In this endearing short film, a teenaged girl gets a first period, while her gynaecologist mother is at work.The only person around her at home is her father, for him the situation is impromptu but, his willingness to help his girl and the mother's successful attempts of normalising menstruation - all perfectly fits in the narrative.
The mother has already hidden a surprise present for her daughter's coming age, that helps her get over the perplexion and agitation of her first periods.What I loved and appreciated the most is the note kept with the sanitary pad in the present and, the first point mentioned on that ' Do not Panic ' . This is exactly what we need to tell our daughters that, menstruation is natural , it isn't any disease that we need to fight with.
Meanwhile her father is seen educating himself regarding menstruation through internet.And, keeps himself with a hot water bag and a chocolate dessert for his daughter, to make her feel better.
In a society where mother's choose not to discuss periods and father's remain heedless,this short film brilliantly carries the message that, periods is a biological process, proper education and thoughtfulness can definitely work to fight against the taboos and skepticism related to menstruation and aids breaking the rigid stereotypes .
Though the performances are fairly decent but, what shines through and through in the short film is it's plot.