‘Period. End of Sentence’, an India set film on the taboos around menstruation and featuring the real ‘Pad Man’, has bagged the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. Other nominees included ‘Black Sheep’, ‘End Game’, ‘Lifeboat’ and ‘A Night At The Garden’.
The film’s executive producer Guneet Monga is overjoyed at the win and took to Twitter to express her happiness.
WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth… know that you are a goddess… if heavens are listening… look MA we put @sikhya on the map ❤️
— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) 1551063085000
The film is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham. It is executive produced by Monga and is co-produced by Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like ‘The Lunchbox‘ and ‘Masaan’.
Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by The Pad Project, an organisation established by an inspired group of students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.
“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar,” Zehtabchi said in her acceptance speech.
She also gave a nod to Monga.
“Guneet Monga – know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality,” she added.
Dedicating the award to her school, Berton said the project was born because her students in LA and people in India wanted to make a “human rights difference”.
“I share this award with the Feminist Majority Foundation, the entire team and cast. I share this with the teachers and students around the worlds – a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education,” she said.
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