Divya Unny’s short film Her First Time turns a thoughtful lens on menstruation and highlights the physical and emotional significance of their onset.
A young girl (Vedika Nanwani) gets her first period when her gynaecologist mother (Veena Nair) is at work. While the mother is encouraging a tired woman in labour to push, the confused and nervous daughter is pushing herself to handle the situation as best as she can. Her father (Satyajit Sharma), meanwhile, finds himself in unfamiliar territory.
Her First Time has been screened at approximately 15 Indian and international film festivals so far. It has also been picked up by the NGO Breakthrough India to help raise awareness about menstruation. The short is available for viewing on the YouTube channel Large Short Films. Unny, a journalist-turned-actress, was last seen in Tikli and Laxmi Bomb (2017). The short film marks her directorial debut.