Moon Inside You

Like many other women, Diana had suffered from problematic periods for years. With every new cycle, the same question arose: “Why the pain and annoyance if I am healthy?”

Her initial innocent curiosity sparked off an emotional voyage to the very roots of femininity and life … and the making of The Moon Inside You.  This film is a fresh look at a taboo that defines the political and social reality of both men and women more profoundly than we might be willing to admit. Exploring menstrual etiquette with doses of humour and self-irony, the documentary approaches this subject through both personal and collective references, and challenges some of our preconceived ideas about womanhood.

I first met filmmakers Diana Fabianova and Jero Molero when they were in Sydney to interview  my co-author of The Pill, Alexandra Pope and I. We spent several days driving all over Sydney filming in iconic locations. In our innocence we didn’t realise we were meant to pre-book and pay wads of money to use such sites. All this gave me a little insight into the magic and nitty-gritty of filmmaking.

Five years in the making The Moon Inside You, was launched on International Women’s Day in 2008. It has been a hit at film festivals in Europe, North America and on the sub-continent, winning several documentary prizes, and has been shown on television throughout Europe.

Film festival screenings include:

  • The 45th Chicago International Film Festival
  • The Gotham Screen Film Festival, New York 2009
  • The Mumbay Film Festival, Mumbai, May 2011
  • The BioCultura, Madrid, August 2011
  • IDFA, Amsterdam, 2009
  • International Film Festival, Bratislavia, 2011
  • And many many more. See the website for details and upcoming screenings.

The Moon Inside You is 75 minutes long and is suitable for all audiences, male and female, including senior primary and secondary school students.  The film is entertaining, witty and thought provoking and, if screened in an educational setting, I recommend it is followed by a led discussion.

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‘I’m really glad that you made the film, because I think it’s time we stop being “cursed”.  I feel like I hadn’t known a thing about what these women [Alexandra Pope and Jane Bennett] were saying: that there is a way to feel good being a woman. That’s what I understood from their soothing words.’

Michelle Pichon