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OSCARS2019: An India-Set Short Film On Menstruation, 'Period. End of Sentence', Wins Oscar

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LOS ANGELES — Period. End of Sentence, a short-film on menstruation, set in rural India has won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards. The film has been co-produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment and directed by 25-year-old Rayka Zehtabchi.

 

The film came to into being as a part of The Pad Project, started by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.

 

“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar,” Ms.Zehtabchi said in her acceptance speech. She also gave a nod to Monga.

 

Monga tweeted, “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 – know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality,” she added.

 

The documentary short follows a group of local women as they learn how to operate a machine that makes low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads, which they sell to other women at affordable prices. This not only helps to improve feminine hygiene by providing access to basic products but supports and empowers the women to shed the taboos in India surrounding menstruation — all while contributing to the economic future of their community.

 

The film has won awards at the Traverse City Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, according to ew.com

 

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