Period: End of Sentence, a documentary based on taboos around menstruation in India wins an Oscar for the Best Short Documentary 2019.
The documentary was set in the village Hapur in Uttar Pradesh, India. Produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga who had previously produced widely acclaimed movies such as Lunchbox and Masaan, it is directed by award-winning director Rayka Zehtabchi.
The movie revolves around the subject of how menstruation is treated as taboo in India and highlights how hundreds of Indian women every year drop out of school due to their periods and lack of access to sanitary pads. It also drops attention to the unhygienic condition of women which leads to a number of health problems
The documentary takes us on a journey of how the women of Hapur village become financially independent by manufacturing and marketing pads under the brand name ‘FLY’. This revolution of fighting deep-rooted stigma takes place after a vending machine is installed in the village by the Pad Project.
Director Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton called out inequality in her Oscar speech as well when she accepted the award with the words “I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything”
Pad Project was started by students of Oakwood High School girls Avery Siegel and her friends Ruby Schiff and Claire Sliney. They fundraised the money for a vending machine with conducting bake sales and yoga-thon. Together they brought a change in this small community of India by eliminating deep-seated taint on the word period
The speech ended on a high note with a sentence that empowered women all over “Period end of sentence not an end to a girl’s education”
Twitterati did not hold back in celebrating this historic moment for India :
One of the most special moments of the evening...a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #Periodendofsentence team, and my fearless friend @guneetm!! #Oscars2019— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 25, 2019
Amazing news coming in! #PeriodEndOfSentence, a film on menstruation shot in India, has won the OSCARS in the Documentary Short Subject category. Produced by Ms. @Guneetm, the film talks about how “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education”.https://t.co/iIy1rJUjFa— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) February 25, 2019
Congrats MrMuruganandam,cast&crew of ‘Period,End of sentence’.Women’s issue which was considered awkward in our country for long is now taken to the level of Oscars’ recognition to reach the entire population of the world.Proud of you, the makers of the film.#Periodendofsentence— R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) February 25, 2019
Best Documentary Short #Oscars winner #PeriodEndofSentence was filmed in #India— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 25, 2019
A documentary that tackles the stigma around menstruation in rural India, is currently available for streaming on Netflix pic.twitter.com/XgG9HJHrpj
Kudos to these women for breaking all barriers and succeeding in their fight against the stigma around period, period.