In honour of its upcoming 20th anniversary, Diva is proud to present Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation for FREE on YouTube.
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For generations, women have been shamed, ostracized, and silenced, merely because they menstruate. This age-old discrimination is a central issue in the struggle for gender equality.
The award-winning film, Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation unmasks the global crisis of menstrual inequity and period poverty. From Maasai villages, to Mumbai and on to London, we meet young women who are forced to stay at home from school, or even drop out, because they don’t have access to menstrual supplies. We meet women formerly incarcerated in the U.S. prison system as they share their struggles to menstruate safely while deprived of basic human hygiene. Former inmate and now a UN Ambassador of Peace, Topeka K. Sam asks, “Isn’t the ability to menstruate with dignity a basic human right?”
The 75-minute documentary captures the commentary of heroes, innovators, activists and thought leaders. The powerful stories that emerge raise public consciousness of #MenstrualEquity, a global movement that is going mainstream.
Pandora’s Box is an IR Films production presented by Diva and co-producers Media One.
Carinne Chambers-Saini, Executive Producer Pandora’s Box and CEO of Diva, has been passionately committed to challenging the period status quo for more than 25 years. Working collaboratively with an entirely female film team that includes award-winning director Rebecca Snow, Aine Corby and Cait Martin Newnham (Producers), Sarah Thomas Moffatt (Director of Photography), Sara Cabrera Aragon (Editor) and Janal Bechthold (Composer), Carinne produced Pandora’s Box with a goal of placing menstrual justice centre-stage; harnessing the power of documentary storytelling to lift the lid on a critical human rights issue that spans the globe.
Pandora’s Box has been honoured with the following accolades:
AWFJ Special Jury Award, Whistler Film Festival
World Documentary Award, Honourable Mention, Whistler Film Festival
Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Official Selection, NorthWest DocFest
Official Selection, United Nations Association Film Festival
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