An intimate and vulnerable documentary that follows the daily lives of four women in the Netherlands and Belgium who suffer from endometriosis. Endometriosis is a chronic disorder where tissue, similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus. Anthropologist and documentary maker Wilke Geurds tries to understand what it is like to live with an invisible disease that affects one in ten women. Heavy menstrual pain is not normal and can be a sign that there is more going on, as in the case of Devina (28), Daphne (30), Margot (36) and Sanne (43). Playful animations, an interview with a gynaecologist and the images that the women themselves have made, helps Wilke in order to make this disease understandable and also visual.
One in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. Often, severe menstrual symptoms are considered to be normal. Many women keep walking around with this pain for years. However, this is not normal! With my film, I want to give insight into the disease and show how your life can be totally turned upside down by endometriosis. I hope that after seeing my film, people will act faster when women have severe menstrual complaints.
Wilke is always on the move with her camera! As a visual anthropologist, Wilke developed herself as a documentary maker and photographer. With her enthusiasm, she is looking for people who want to share their story with her. With these visual stories, she hopes to bring hidden, social themes to light and to show a new perspective. She is currently completing a second master’s to make her dream come true: to become a documentary filmmaker!