The 91st Academy Awards lauded the Indian short film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ with an Oscar Award for the best documentary (Short Subject) on Monday.
The 25-minute short documentary is based on the social taboo of menstruation that has been co-produced by Guneet Monga and is directed by an Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi.
The director after receiving the honour said, “I am not crying because I am on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar.”
The film was also funded by students from Los Angeles along with their teacher Melissa Berton.
Berton along with Zehtabchi received the Oscar. Berton in acknowledgement said, “Guneet Monga- know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality.”
Berton added, “I share this award with Feminist Majority Foundation, the entire team and the cast. I share this with the teachers, students around the world – a period should end a sentence and not a girl’s education.”
The short documentary is picturised in Hapur village outside Delhi where women face this social stigma and had to be dropped out of schools.
After a vending machine for sanitary machine gets set up in the village, the women endorse their own products branding it as ‘FLY’.
The other nominees in the category were Blacksheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden.
The co-producer Guneet Monga tweeted after the win, “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.”
The prestigious Oscar came to India after ten years with Slumdog Millionaire’s win in 2009.