The films ‘The Dipo Ceremony: From Girlhood to Womanhood’ and ‘Chaupadi: Banished for Bleeding’ are part of the Breaking the Cycle global body of work that aims to explore the taboos, myths and cultural practices around menstruation.
‘The Dipo Ceremony: From Girlhood to Womanhood’ explores the Dipo Ceremony which is a ritual performed for Krobo women in Eastern Ghana. The film shows girls who have gone through puberty and are trained to begin their role as women. The Dipo Ceremony celebrates this rite of passage, adorning women’s bodies with jewellery and beads. The short documentary explores and questions how this traditional ceremony can be sustained today.
‘Chaupadi: Banished for Bleeding’ looks at the Chaupadi practice, located in Nepal, where girls and women are banished to cowsheds during their monthly menstruation. As a result of this, ‘the banished’ are exposed to animal and human predators, as well as consequences of inclement weather. The documentary sees two young women talk about their experiences and how they have dealt with the Chaupadi practice. It also includes an interview with a woman who has passion and activism to see the practice abolished.
The two films will be shown at the Barbican Centre, London, as part of the 2017 Global Health Film Festival.
‘Chaupadi: Banished for Bleeding’ will be shown on Friday 8 December at 3:45pm in cinema 3 and ‘The Dipo Ceremony: From Girlhood to Womanhood’ will be shown Saturday 9 December at 1:30pm at cinema 2.
Tickets for these screenings can be purchased here.
The 2017 Global Health Film Festival is held from Friday 8 December to Saturday 9 December, at the Barbican Centre, London, UK.
Both films are available to watch on the Safe Hands for Mothers website here.
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