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The award for Best Documentary Short Subject goes to “Period. End of Sentence.” The film is about menstruation and has just won at the #Oscars. “A period should end a sentence, and not a girl’s education,” that’s the spirit of Period End of Sentence. Director Rayka Zehtabchi’s film focusses on the importance of why Period should not be the end of education for women. It is produced by Guneet Monga who is known to pick breakthrough ideas for her films.
THIS SHORT FILM IS ABOUT HOW GIRLS ARE FORCED TO DROP OUT FROM SCHOOL AND PARTICIPATING IN OTHER NORMAL ACTIVITIES DUE TO MENSTRUATION SHAMING
The Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi, won the award among other nominations in the category like Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden. Through the film document, the director attempts to make menstruation a taboo-free issue and in its effort talks of the changes being made at the grass root level to make women more aware.
Period. End of Sentence portrays the stigma attached to menstruation, is based in Hapur, a small village outside Delhi. It was India’s official entry for the Academy award. It was a part of The Pad Project, an initiative by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton. It captures the lives of women who face the stigma attached to menstruation and how they empower themselves. They live unhealthy and unhygienic lives where they have no access to sanitary pads. How women are forced to drop out of school and cannot take part in normal activities due to menstruation shaming. The women eventually end up empowering themselves after a sanitary pad vending machine is installed in the village. The women steadily learn how to manufacture and market their own pads.