An Author's Retrospective: Jay Rosenblatt


Jay Rosenblatt, Jennifer Frame
Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
The first period is an important experience in every girl's life. Still, it is hardly ever discussed.

The first period is an important experience in every girl's life. Still, it is hardly ever discussed. Women of all ages (from 8 to 84) and cultures talk about their periods in a sincere and witty way. Their moving stories reveal how they see their 'femininity', family dynamics and the society's complex perception of period. As a counterpoint to their stories, clips from educational films about period from the 1950s are included in the film. 'Period Piece' is about the hard time girls have when their bodies "negotiate" with culture. The word period is rarely used in public. In many families it is not mentioned at all. Instead of celebrating this crucial moment, women deodorize it, sanitize it and conceal the evidence of it.


Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films. His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. Eight of his films have been at the Sundance Film Festival and several of his films have shown on HBO/Cinemax, the Independent Film Channel and the Sundance Channel. ZagrebDox screened many of his films in International Competition, My Best Dox, and in the author's retrospective in 2012, when Rosenblatt held a masterclass.

Jennifer Frame

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1996, 30', color, video

Directed by:
Jay Rosenblatt, Jennifer Frame

Screenplay by:
Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt

Caitlin Manning

Edited by:
Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt

Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt

Festivals & Awards:

National Educational Media Network – Bronze Apple; Columbus International Film Festival - Honorable Mention
National Council on Family Relations – Media Award