Spotless

Menstrual products are seen as a luxury product. Spotless tells the story of many unheard women, and aims of opening the conversation and breaking the taboo about period poverty.

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Info

Premiered: September 2021

Crew

Director: Emma Branderhorst
Writers: Milou Rohde  & Emma Branderhorst
DOP: Myrthe Mosterman
Sound on set: Gijs Domen
Production Design: Noa van Nielen
Costume design: Zoe Scheffer
Montage: Tessel de Vries
Music: Hans Nieuwenhuijsen
Sound design: Gijs Domen
Producent: Nicky Onstenk (IJswater Films)

Cast

Alicia Prinsen
Astrid van Eck

Prizes

Cinekid for best short film 2021

Synopsis

In the film we follow 15-year-old Ruby. During her period, she doesn’t dare to ask her mother for tampons or sanitary pads because she knows that money is tight. She tries to fix it herself. With the film we tackle the theme of period poverty.

The story behind Spotless

Research by development organization Plan International shows that roughly 9% of Dutch women between the ages of 12-25 don’t always have money to buy menstrual products. Menstrual products are seen as a luxury product in the Netherlands (and many other countries). At the Food Bank, for example, they are not donated and the insurance does not reimburse them. Women who can’t afford it struggle. Spotless/Vlekkeloos tells the story of many, unheard of women, with the aim of opening the conversation and breaking the taboo about period poverty.