2021, 16 minutes

When 15 year old Ruby realizes she is having her period, she doesn’t want to ask her mother to buy her period products, because she knows their financial situation doesn’t really allow it.

Fifteen-year-old Ruby lives with her mother and her younger sister in a small suburban flat. Her mother works double shifts to support the family and Ruby feels responsible for her sister. When Ruby has her period and realises there are no more sanitary pads or tampons in the house, she does not want to bother her mother with this problem. Her mom is having a hard time as it is. Not wanting to trouble anyone around her, she tries to solve the issue on her own.

Vlekkleloos won several prizes at (inter)national festivals; the Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2022, Best Short Film Cinekid 2021 and the Audience Award for Secondary School Students at Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2022.

Production company: IJswater Films


Poverty, Women's rights
Suitable for
havo/vwo - bovenbouw
havo/vwo - onderbouw
vmbo t - leerjaar 1 & 2
vmbo t - leerjaar 3 & 4
Emma Branderhorst
Country of production
Netherlands, The
16 minutes
Age rating