A woman stands outside a brick building, holding a box of Playtex tampons and a long printed receipt. They are smiling at the camera, dressed in a cozy, textured beige jacket with a navy blue top visible underneath. Their curly hair is pulled back from their face, and they wear round earrings.


Periodical tells the unexpected story of the human body by exploring the marvel and mystery of the menstrual cycle, from first period to last. Lina Lyte Plioplyte’s innovative documentary uncovers shocking truths, challenges taboos, and celebrates the end of centuries of societal stigma.

Related VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Period Poverty & Advocacy | Tuesday, Jan 30 at 7:00PM EST – Pre-register now!

Virtual & Hybrid Passholder Pre-order is now open for this film in the Virtual Theatre. Individual Virtual Theatre ticket sales open January 17th.

About the Filmmaker

Lina Lyte Plioplyte‘s passion for moving images started while studying journalism in Lithuania and later at the University of Colorado Boulder. The best film school has been New York City, where Lina established herself in 2008 making films for NYLON magazine and fashion brands. For the past 10 years, Lina has been working as a freelance director and cinematographer, making numerous documentaries, commercials, travel content, and short films that have been shown on MTV, PBS, Venice Biennale, and various film festivals, including Hot Docs, MIFF, and IDFA. Lina’s feature-length directorial debut was “Advanced Style”, currently streaming on Amazon, after a successful run on Netflix. She just finished “Periodical”, a feature documentary about the menstrual cycle, to air on MSNBC and Peacock, and is developing her third feature.

Lina’s cinematography, acknowledged with an Emmy, champions the natural light and intimacy with those she films. Her goal as a storyteller is to bring more balance into the world and to remember the mystery and awe. Understanding both camera and the story makes Lina a skillful collaborator in crafting documentaries. She believes in integral filmmaking, by hiring women and minorities, mentoring young filmmakers, and making her film sets plastic-free.

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