In Nepal, menstruating girls and women are considered impure. This stigma permeates every aspect of their lives. They are forbidden from eating most foods. They are either banished from their homes or sequestered to one room. And they are prevented from attending school, visiting a temple, or touching or even gazing upon the faces of male family members. In this participant-driven documentary, nine girls who range in age from twelve to eighteen tell their menstruation stories and offer their hopes for an end to menstrual stigma in Nepal.
BIO: Brian Lindstrom’s award-winning documentaries include Mothering Inside, Alien Boy: The Life & Death of James Chasse, and Finding Normal. His current projects include Judee Sill: Soldier of the Heart and a documentary about the only marathon for incarcerated youth in the nation.
Cheryl Strayed is the author of four books: the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, and Brave Enough. Wild was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon. We Are Forbidden is her first documentary.
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