Sweet 16mm: Female Troubles
Run Time: 100 min. Format: 16mm Film
The 16mm schoolroom projector is all fired up again to bring you another archival installment of a whole sleight of outdated and ridiculous 16mm educational films and animation designed to shock, alarm, and educate the 20th-century girl and woman about all those awkward and uncomfortable facts about her body, her workplace, and her life. To deal with the curse of menstruation, we bring you one of the most entertaining menstrucational films ever Dear Diary (1981) and It’s Wonderful Being a Girl (1968) – a long-form commercial for maxi-pads from the swingin’ 60s. Teen girls need to watch out for intruders, even when they inexplicably become your instructor of Self-Defense for Girls (1969). To learn ways to cope with the office groper (or not become one yourself), check out The Power Pinch (1981). Plus, the Czech animated fairy tale Cecily (1973) about a little girl who flies away on her oversized ears and starts a band with elephants – because not all troubles are so serious!
Dear Diary, a film about female puberty (Color, 1981)
The Welcome to the Dollhouse of puberty primers! The exaggerated characterizations and embarrassing situations experienced by the film’s incredibly awkward thirteen-year-old protagonist are humorously combined to provide answers to female adolescents’ questions about their changing bodies. The young girl encounters peer pressure from her boy-crazy friends, changing sex roles, and making out with a pillow with a smiley face. Keep your eyes peeled for the animated menstruation cycle.