Award of Merit – “Painful Pride” (India)

Title: Painful Pride
Runtime: 30 min
Country: India
Director: Saumitra Singh
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March 31, 2020

Synopsis: What happens when a women reaches a certain where she goes through an inevitable phase of Menopause? It affects her, not just physically, but psychologically as well.

Next day, Vidya realizes that she hasn’t used her sanitary pads in a long time. She decides to consult a doctor, where she learns that she is actually going through a Menopause. The doctor makes her aware that it’s physical and psychological, both. But it’s just a phase and it shall pass.

The same day her son, ROHAN, learns about her phase too. He reads more about it and informs his dad about the same.

All this while, Vidya is scared that she will ruin her perfectly balanced family because of her phase. But her husband eventually opens up to her and asks to her talk to him and tell him more about the PAIN that she has been facing alone.

Painful Pride is a story of a woman, VIDYA, who is living a healthy life with a happy family. But soon, she goes through the Menopause at the age of 45-years. She starts behaving erratically. Her husband, AMIT, is unable to understand her changed behavior. One thing leads to another and they end up having a big argument, both unaware of the fact what she is going through.

Painful Pride talks about the three basic principles – Awareness, Communication and Acceptance, which are very important during Menopause. Awareness about the phase, Communication with your family and Acceptance of the pain and all the emotional & psychological changes. This pain is not just a pain, but a Pride for all the women.