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1989, 17 minutes, BW, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99273
Rasheeda Allen is waiting for her period, a state of anticipation familiar to all women. Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action to discover a film language unique to African American women. The multilayered soundtrack combines a chorus of women's voices with the music of Africa and the diaspora-including Miriam Makeba, acappella singers from Haiti and trumpetiste Clora Bryant.

Also available is "A Period Piece", a witty, wise and wonderful riff on menstruation. (Rental $35 VHS Sale $175 Order # 97388)


  • Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame
  • Black American Cinema Society, Honorable Mention
  • Nat'l Black Programming Consortium, Best Drama

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    "A brilliantly innovative reflection on Black womanhood."
    Michael Wilmington
    Los Angeles Times

    "A beautifully composed and dryly funny meditation."
    Los Angeles Weekly

    "Provocative. An interesting exploration of African American experience as a collective unconscious."
    Chris Willman
    Los Angeles Times

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