India-based film ‘Period. End of Sentence’ won an Oscar for best documentary short subject. ‘Period. End of Sentence,’ a Netflix short movie, has won the Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards.

The film is formed under the banner of Guneet Monga’s production house, Sikhya Entertainment, which is known for making critically commended movies like Masaan, Lunchbox, and Haraamkhor. Director Rayka Zehtabchi’s short film had faced competition other movies like End Game, Black Sheep, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden. While accepting the award, Rayka Zehtabchi, with fellow producer Melissa Berton, said, “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!”

The short movie depicts the story of women leading a revolution against the restriction surrounding menstruation, in a village on the borders of Delhi. These women, with no entrée to sanitary pads, have been fraught with this problem for generations. However, when a machine that manufactures sanitary pads is fixed in the village, they learn to make their own pads. Their struggle is somewhat permitted by high-school girls, who assembled the initial sum of the money necessary to buy the machine and created a non-profit organization called The Pad Project.

Captivatingly, ‘Period. End of Sentence’ was unconfined the same year as Akshay Kumar’s Padman, which revolves around the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, also known as sanitary pads’ inventor. Muruganantham also has a brief appearance in Petacchi’s documentary.

Well, we are happy about the big win.


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