Alejandra Jenni’s short film Worth shares a story of an intimate search for the individual and social value of the period
Periods are a subject that still can be uncomfortable to discuss. In fact, American women are less comfortable talking about their periods with men than women abroad. Alejandra Jenni’s topical film Worth sparks the conversation about the realities of menstruation as it follows two women with different experiences. In our texts so far, we have always tried to avoid a „naming“ that promotes the tendency of not calling the period by its name (…as if it was something we should hide). So maybe we could just leave out the last couple of words of that beautifully formulated sentence?
Two young women in their bathrooms: one of them misses her period, the other one struggles with its presence.
Director/Actress Alejandra Jenni studied Physical Theatre at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany. During her studies she devised and performed several theatre plays of which most were invited to numerous festivals. Also she co-produced the dance film Statement on Landscapes. After her graduation in 2016, she gained further education in camera acting at the Central de Cine in Madrid. Since 2017, she has been working as a freelance theatre and filmmaker in Switzerland and Germany. Worth is her first fictional short.
Assistant Director Claudia Jenni Palma studied Fine Arts in Basel, Switzerland. Her focus throughout the studies has been on drawing, photography, video and writing. Worth is the first short film she has been involved in. In autumn this year she will continue her studies in philosophy and comparative literature.
The film stars, Alejandra Jenni, Amelie Barth and Jonas Rhonheimer.
Worth won Best Special FX at Barcelona International Short Film & Video Festival and a special mention at the 44th Schweizer Jugendfilmtagen.