not the rule PERIOD - a documentary about Endometriosis

"not the rule PERIOD" is the first full length german documentary about Endometriosis. It tells the story of three women with different experiences concerning this chronic disease. They refer to their pain, their long path to a correct diagnosis and their numerous therapies and surgeries. Very soon it becomes clear: despite the high number of sufferers there is a great deal of ignorance about Endometriosis - not only in society but also amongst doctors. The documentary discusses widely spread myths and gives an insight into this very complex disease by featuring several experts in this field.

  • Ranya Julia Schauenstein
  • Miriam Reichel
  • Mariella Kogler
  • Ranya Julia Schauenstein
  • Ranya Julia Schauenstein
  • Tabea Hablützel
    Camera Operator
  • Sophie Scala
    Second Camera
  • Tabea Hablützel
  • Dina Tasic
    Art Director
  • Dora Wojna
    Music Supervisor
  • Dora Wojna
    Production Assistent
  • Nico Wieseneder
    Color Grading
  • René Kornfeld
    Sound Mixing
  • Ian Pörnbacher
    Sound Mixing
  • Alexandra Kloiber-Karner
    Key Cast
  • Anita Haug
    Key Cast
  • Julia Bittermann
    Key Cast
  • Carina Frei
    Off Voice
  • Mari Lang
    Off Voice
  • Saskia Höfer
    PR and Eventmanagement
  • Vanessa Dworschak
    Content Creator/Social Media
  • Lena Keck
  • Rosamunde Pare
    English Subtitles
  • Jörg Keckstein
    Medical Advisory Board
  • René Wenzl
    Medical Advisory Board
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    nicht die regel - Ein Dokumentarfilm über Endometriose
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 13 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    24,000 EUR
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    Austria, Switzerland
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Director Biography - Ranya Julia Schauenstein

"not the rule PERIOD" is her debut.
So far she gathered experience in production, editing, camera work, lighting and postproduction.

May 2017 - May 2019: editor for medical e-learnings at „“

Since June 2019: on maternity leave, mother of two children; working on documentary

November 2016 - February 2017: internship at ORF/current culture as an editor

March 2016 - Oktober 2016: project coordinator and editor at „Agentur MINT“

July 2015 - September 2015: internship at „Bilderfest“ (post production firm in Munich) as production assistant for X:enius (ARTE) and for several other clients such as: WDR, ARD, BR, Servus TV, RTL2 and ProSieben.

March 2012 - June 2015: video producer in a viennese start up „whatchado“

Production of event videos and short movies.

Diploma project: KULTrausch (HTBLVA Spengergasse, night college for multimedia art, 2011, short video portraits of local artist)

Short movie: Reisefieber (wanderlust), 2015, digital

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Director Statement

The term “Endometriosis” is accompanied by lots of question marks. I myself never heard of it before when my former gynecologist told me her suspected diagnosis. I’m not one of a few women who are suffering from the same illness. On the contrary: after a call to participate on social media I was able to put together a whole team consisting of women affected by this disease.