Period: End of sentence wins the Oscars under the best documentary Short film category
Period: End of Sentence a 25 minutes documentary film which revolves around the taboo of menstruation among rural Indian women. It has bagged the best documentary short film in the 91st Academy awards on Monday.
Director Guneet Monga was present at the award ceremony to receive the award. The film features the real mastermind or the Pad Man of India Arunachalam Murgunantham, directed by Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi, the film was co-produced by Indian film producer Guneet Monga, who has also produed films like Masaan and Lunchbox.
The other films in this category were Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden. Periods: End of Sentence beats them all to win the Oscars this year.
On winning the award Director Rayka Zehtabchi expressed her feelings by saying, “I’m not crying because I’m on my period, or anything,” said director Rayka Zehtabchi. “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar,” the 25 year old continued by saying “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar.”
After winning the Oscar, Guneet Monga the director of the film said, “We won! To every girl on earth, know that you are a goddess”, she also twitted in her account and let us see what she has to say:
Guneet also thanked the academy to facilitate the film with the award and said, “Thank you to the Academy for the highest honour and for recognising the efforts of the young girls from Oakwood School in Los Angeles to Kathikera in Uttar Pradesh in helping us shatter the glass ceiling,” she said in an interview with IANS.
“Periods are normal and in no way do they stop us from achieving anything. Every girl in India or anywhere around the world needs to know this and hear this loud and clear. Period is an end of a sentence, but not a girl’s education. Now, that we have an Oscar, let’s go change the world,” she further added.
Just before the Oscars, Guneet Monga wrote on her Instagram that the film ‘was already a winner,’ detailing how Period. End Of Sentence began “with a small dream in the English department room of @melissa_berton with her school girls of @oakwoodstories for empowering and educating other young girls across the world for better menstruation hygiene. This started 7 years ago with raising money and donating one pad machine… then thought the team should make a movie for better awareness!! @actionindia76 from India helped on ground in putting a machine.” Read her post here.
The whole conception of the film
The film was first conceptualized by a group pf students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton. Their project was names as Pad Project. The 26-minute film follows women and girls in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh and deals with their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village. The film depicts their struggle with the taboo related to periods in such society.
The film showcases the work of real life Pad Man Arunachalam Muruganantham. The documentary also inspired Indian Bollywood movie ‘PadMan’ last year.
The Oscars were held in Los Angeles Sunday night – Monday morning for India. Oscar-winner A R Rahman also attended the ceremony.