Foreign Title: Datang Bulan
English Title: Come Moon
Running Time: 13 minutes
Documentary, Coming-of-age, Environmental
Menstruation, Period Poverty, Water & Sanitation
Director: Clarissa Natan
Producer: Julianna Tacata
Production Company: Anatman Pictures
Production Completion: March 2022
Production Location: Bogor, Indonesia
Premiere Status: Film Festival World Premiere
"Datang Bulan" is one of the euphemisms for most Indonesians to speak about menstruation.
It means that the lunar month is coming for one's menstrual cycle.
Datang Bulan (English Title: Come Moon) is a short documentary that tells the story of a teenage Indonesian girl’s inconvenient experience of having her menstruation as it is commonly known as a taboo in her village.
“When I was growing up, menstruation felt like a drug transaction to me. I needed to hide the fact that I was in my period. Even though I lived in an urban area, there were still unclear information that I learned from my family and relatives. The rumored myths and taboos made this normal cycle of the female body feel worse for me.
Turns out, I am not the only one. Most research stated that many girls felt afraid and embarrassed when they first menstruated too. Reasons behind these sentiments are varied but one of them is indelicate knowledge passed from older generations that was based on their socio-cultural beliefs.”
Siti Atikah (b. 2007) is the second daughter and fifth child out of nine children of the parents. She is a girl scout in school.
Ibu Amih BT. Acim (b. 1975) takes care of the family. She is also known as Umi. She does farming, laundry, cleaning, and cooking.
Bapak Ujang Nurjani (b. 1972) takes care of the family. He does farming, carpentry, vehicle washing, and building. He has been an active home partner with Habitat for Humanity Indonesia since 2020.