[GFD Diversity Cafe Event] “A Bloody Taboo” – Film Screening & Talk Event

January 25, 2024


Type Lecture
Intended for Enrolled students / International students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) January 29, 2024 19:00 — 20:30
Location Komaba Area Campus
Venue Komaba I Campus 21KOMCEE West MM Hall
Capacity 40 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required

Registration is recommended but walk-in is ok too.
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Registration Period January 23, 2024 — January 29, 2024

"A Bloody Taboo" – Film Screening & Talk Event

Date: Monday, January 29th, 19:00-20:30
Venue: Komaba I Campus 21KOMCEE West MM Hall
Language: Japanese & English
Speakers: Sybilla Patrizia & Marina Yoshimura
Organized by: Global Faculty Development & Diversity Cafe


"A Bloody Taboo" explores several women’s rights topics related to period stigmatization, the tampon tax, and the wider discussion of gender discrimination in Japan. Through intimate interviews with an eclectic collection of voices ranging from a high school student to activists, artists, and health experts, the film highlights the lack of open discussion and explores common taboos surrounding menstruation in a country that is still struggling to find its role in the fight for women’s rights. The screening will be followed by discussion and networking with the director, cinematographer, and editor Sybilla Patrizia, and producer Marina Yoshimura.

Speaker Bios

Sybilla Patrizia is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer based in Tokyo. In her work, she merges her passion for social impact and human stories with her background in fashion to create thought-provoking stories that cross the border between documentary, art, and design. "A Bloody Taboo," which is about the stigma against menstruation in Japan, was awarded at Tokyo Docs and premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in 2021.

Marina Yoshimura is a public servant and an advocate for menstrual rights. In 2019, she launched the Tokyo branch of PERIOD, an organization advocating for menstrual equity in schools with headquarters in the US. She co-produced "A Bloody Taboo" with Sybilla Patrizia to raise awareness of the local stigmas around menstruation.

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