Guneet Monga’s “Period. End of Sentence” wins trophy in Documentary Short Subject category
Period. End of Sentence: India-set film Documentary Wins Oscar
Movie Name: Period. End of Sentence Movie
Directed by: Rayka Zehtabchi
Starring: Ajeya, Anita, Gouri Choudari
Genre: Documentary, Short
Release date: 12 February, 2019
Running Time: 26 Minutes
“Period. End of Sentence“, an India-set film on the taboos around menstruation, won an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony.
The film, backed by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, is about women in India fighting against the deeply-rooted stigma around menstruation and delving upon the work of real life “Pad Man” Arunachalam Muruganathan.
Period. End of Sentence Official Trailer 2018
Period. End of Sentence – The 26-minute film, currently streaming on Netflix, follows girls and women in Hapur outside Delhi and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.
Monga, ecstatic about the win that comes a decade since AR Rahman registered a twin win at Oscars, said: “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.”
“Here is to more girl power… I really want every girl to know that each one of them is a Goddess. Now, that we have an Oscar, let’s go change the world.”
“This has been more than 10 years of work of Action India, run by Gauri Chaudhary, on educating reproductive rights on the ground in villages. Feminist Majority Movement and Girls Learn International have been pushing this cause in the US,” she added.
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 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,” Zehtabchi said as she got up on the stage to accept the honour. The Indian producer even got a huge shoutout from the team while accepting the award. “Guneet Monga, know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality,” Zehtabchi said.
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.
Inspired by Muruganantham’s innovation, project members say: “The machine helps both girls and women gain independence. Our job is to aid that independence.”
Their endeavour is to raise money for machines / supplies and help women in need to set up self-sufficient micro-economies in respective areas.
भारतीय शॉर्ट फिल्म period end of sentence ने जीता OSCAR: 24 फरवरी को दुनिया के सबसे बड़े फिल्म पुरस्कार 91वें एकेडमी अवॉर्ड्स की घोषणा हो चुकी है. भारत के लिए सबसे बड़ी खुशी की बात है, इस बार शार्ट फिल्म कैटेगरी में उत्तर प्रदेश के हापुड़ जिले के काठी खेड़ा गांव की रहने वाली युवती स्नेह पर बनी फिल्म पीरियड एंड ऑफ सेंटेंस को ऑस्कर पुरस्कार मिला है.