A poetic documentary film trilogy
by Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Roberta Cantow
with a musical score by Bronwen Jones
Many of the ideas and practices presented in the films that comprise the Bloodtime Moontime Dreamtime Trilogy are no longer being seen as fringe or related exclusively to a particular sub-culture, but rather as useful, important and contributing ways of seeing and being in the face of a planet in peril. Goddess Culture and notions of the Sacred Feminine are represented in this material which seeks in a poetic and artistic way to examine, explore and inform about women bringing forth change.
The topic of periods and menstruation has been trying to come out of the shadows for a very long time, as far back as the early 70s when Linda Fefferman's film, Linda's Film on Menstruation first came out. There have been several other films on the subject since and yet, to this day, women and girls continue to be as in need of education on the topic as they were then. Amy Schumer's collaboration with Tampax to promote related products and to educate with humor, and Pantone's recent announcement of the color “Period” produced to represent the subject of periods, are all indications that 50 years out, we may not have come as far as we might have thought. “Presenting ‘Period,’ is a new red shade created to break the stigma around menstruation and promote period positivity in support of Pantone's global campaign to make menstruation more visible and normalize this most normal of bodily functions.” The fact that it continues to be a taboo subject in so many parts of the world, and that women continue to be the victims of rape and violence, speaks to the ongoing and current need.
Bloodtime Moontime Dreamtime: Women Bringing Forth Change is divided into three parts that look at the life cycle “from womb to tomb.” It presents the life events that cry out for ways to be honored, felt, acknowledged and celebrated whether that be the menarche, menopause, what lies between or beyond. At its core, this work recontextualizes women's experiences of blood, creativity and power. With stunning visual images and a haunting musical score, this work is about personal and spiritual transformation. Combining notions of spirituality: (myth and ritual), with the philosophy of the expressive arts movement and eco-feminism, the trilogy presents a landscape of women creatively engaged in the meaning making of their lives.
- (The meanings and metaphors of blood) (20:00 min)
- (Honoring girls' entrance into womanhood) (36:00 min)
- (Art and ritual as transformative tools; women as agents of change) (62:00 min)
“Bloodtime Moontime Dreamtime: Women Bringing Forth Change is a soul journey through our sacred selves. It is healing, it is beauty, it is truth. A remarkable piece of art that should not be missed.”
“I am presenting a landscape of a phenomenon that exists in our culture… taking it out of the shadows and into the light…giving it the honor of a voice that needs to be heard.” I wanted to provide a tapestry of contemporary ideas and practices that bespeak a need to invest our most elemental experiences of “life passage” with new meanings. The films' themes draw from: Women's studies; contemporary ethnography; sociology; religion, spirituality; myth and ritual; and the expressive arts.
Roberta Cantow has a background in theater and film making. Her films have received national and international attention including an Emmy for her film Clotheslines, and awards for her recent films Not a Still Life and Accordions Rising. She has been involved with digital storytelling and community building through this short personal narritive form. She has engaged with the arts as a writer, painter, photographer and with the expressive arts.
She is currently working with collage, found objects, paint and pastels. These other art forms serve as forms for creative expression, relaxation and centering. Several of her artistically created palm fonds appear in the third part of the Trilogy, Dreamtime. Her current project involving leaves and petals is an extension of her spirited approach to art and is proudly featured for sale on www.curiohome.biz/art-by-roberta-cantow.