The film ‘Period. End Of Sentence’ walked away with the Oscar award for Best Short Documentary at the 91st Academy Awards. A 25-minute documentary, Period. End of a Sentence is directed by the Rayka Zehtabchi who is an Iranian-American director. The film about menstruation produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga.

A documentary about menstruation set in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district won the award for Best Short Documentary. The other nominations in the best documentary category were End Game, Black Sheep, A Night at the Garden and Lifeboat.

The film Period. End Of Sentence is a short documentary about the stigma attached to periods in an Indian rural village. This deep-rooted stigma has prevented many girls and young women from worshipping in temples, staying in education and having access to sanitary products.

We still live in the time where sanitary napkins are wrapped in black polybags due to shame and whatever the reason behind it. In India, Menstruation is still a taboo and the film Period. End Of Sentence does an excellent job in highlighting this issue.

Period. End Of Sentence, the film is about the women living in Hapur district. These women did not have access to basic sanitary pads, which lead to various health issues. The film also shows the hesitation in talking about menstruation, health issues faced by women and girls dropping out of schools due to periods.

When a sanitary pad machine is installed in the Hapur village, women learn to manufacture as well as market their own pads. They name their brand FLY. A period must not end one’s education, independence, and liberty. The film also talks about Arunachalam Muruganantham. He is the one who inspired the Akshay Kumar’s film Padman. Arunachalam dreams of making sanitary pads accessible to every woman in the country at low prices.

Period. End Of Sentence, funded by students of Oakwood High School. They also founded an organization called The Pad Project, which aims to fight the taboo menstruation.

An anonymous male member wrote about his selections for the awards ceremony, “I’m not going to vote for Period. End of Sentence, it’s well done, but it’s about women getting their period, and I don’t think any man is voting for this film because it’s just icky for men.” Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi said, “Wow. I didn’t realise we were still living in 1876. Anyway, screw that guy because the film Period. End Of Sentence has won an award and the world is good again.

Periods are not a topic of shame and it cannot end a woman’s freedom.


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