ABSENT

Directed by Libby Burke Wilde

www.freedom4girls.co.uk

Libby Burke Wilde’s short film ‘Absent’, produced in collaboration with UK charity Freedom4Girls, tackles the shame and ignorance surrounding menstruation.

Period poverty is preventing girls in the UK from going to school. The issue is scarcely talked about, but astoundingly widespread: one in 10 girls between the ages of 14 and 21 in the UK have been unable to afford sanitary products, while 49 per cent have missed an entire day of school because of their period.

Absent is based on multiple true stories that were merged in to one film, to tell one personal story. Libby’s ambition with the film was two fold: Firstly, to raise awareness about period poverty in the UK. Secondly, to break the stigma surrounding periods by showing that talking about periods is ok. It’s not dirty, it’s not shameful, it’s natural and it’s important for people not to shy away from the discussion.

Production by Dog Eat Dog.

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