India based documentary 'Period: End of Sentence' is based around the stigma surrounding menstruation and menstruating women in rural India. The film directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi has won an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.
The 26-minute film was actually a part of The Pad Project, which was initiated by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
The documentary feature is set in Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution as they fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. For generations, these women did not have access to sanitary pads, which lead to health issues and girls dropping out of schools. When a sanitary pad vending machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering their community. They name their brand FLY. And now, their pads are being used in 40 villages nearby.
Meanwhile, the documentary also gives viewers a peek into how taboo menstruation is in these communities, where 23 % of girls drop out of school when they hit puberty due to their periods.
After the win, producer Guneet Monga also took to Twitter to talk about the achievement of the film.
'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' her tweet read.
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